Rescue crews are still assessing the damage this morning after a violent and catastrophic tornado hit Jefferson City, Missouri’s state capital last night, collapsing buildings and downing trees and power lines throughout the city:

The damage is extensive:

The Missouri Department of Public Safety is reporting at least 3 dead and 9 injured:

All non-essential state employees are being asked to stay home today:

First responders had to bring in search dogs to go through the debris:

Video of the aftermath:

And here’s a photo snapped of the tornado last night:

This is absolutely terrifying:

The debris field from the tornado was visible on radar “after half an hour and about 20 miles downstream”:

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