The storm system that produced the devastating tornado in Moore Oklahoma has brought debris into southwest Missouri, about 200 miles or more from Moore. It also has brought some high winds, big hail, and heavy rains to various parts of the state.
Joplin, which commemorates the second anniversary of its tornado tomorrow, is sending emergency first responders to Moore, where the death toll is now put at at least 51. Missouri Task Force One, based in Columbia, is readying supplies to send to Moore but has not been deployed. Task Force One is a search, rescue, and recovery team that is mobilized for major disasters.
The only confirmed tornado to cause damage in Missouri overnight hit Hannibal where some roofs have bee torn off and homes have been damaged. Emergency crews have been called in from neighboring counties.
Ameren reported about 5:30 this morning that 93-hundred customers are without power, mostly in the St. Charles and Franklin County areas and near Farmington. Kansas City Power and Light has about 900 outages in the Kansas City, St. Joseph and Warrensburg areas as well as in Clinton, Nevada and Lamar areas, to the south.
Flash flooding has been reported in scattered areas with some observers reporting as much as two inches of rain in a short time.
We have no reports of injuries in any Missouri storm.