Storms hit Jefferson City overnight Wednesday, injuring dozens


One of the biggest storms to hit overnight happened in Missouri’s capital.

At least two dozen people were injured, multiple homes, businesses, and properties were destroyed.

“Never… never, no. Never been in a tornado. That’s the first one for me.”

April Bachtel wants to believe her eyes are playing tricks on her. But there’s no wiping away this nightmare her family almost slept through

“I am very surprised that no one was hurt absolutely because we sleep right where that tree is on our roof. If it would’ve come through our roof we would’ve probably been pinned in our bed,” says Bachtel.

Neighbors in Eldon tell us this is the most extensive damage you’ll probably see around here. In fact these two neighbors has never spoken before, but they have now. They were introduced when his roof came flying into her front yard.

Some of the city’s concession stands and other properties were destroyed. Yet a chair from the country club a mile and a half away landed on the same corner without a scratch.

No injuries are reported in Eldon, but 30 miles to the northeast in the Missouri capital, the number of hospitalizations keep increasing.

“War zone, you know we hear that all the time but it looks like a war zone.” 

Dave Schroeder had only seen pictures of this kind of devastation before Thursday. 

“I thought I’d never see it this close. I’ve seen it in pictures but until you see it in real life, it really hits home,” says Schroeder.

Augie Buechter is in disbelief for a different reason

“We’ve always been told by our older folks that a tornado would never hit Jeff City because it was too hilly,” says Buechter.
Yet a devastating scene of bumper cars litter the outer roads of Highway 54 coming up the hill into town.

Both men believe the people in mid-Missouri will bounce back just fine so long as this nasty severe weather season cooperates. 

“I just hope it stops raining and the wind stop. I want the wind to blow but not that hard.”

Jefferson City schools were closed Thursday because of damage to several buildings along with power outages. The district on Facebook will announce what’s happening with summer school classes, which was scheduled to start Tuesday, in the coming days. 

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