Here's what the carnage looked like after days of havoc.
A large tornado slammed the Missouri capital
of Jefferson City on Wednesday night, downing power lines and overturning cars at a local dealership.
Mayor Carrie Tergin told CNN that many buildings suffered significant damage as a result of the tornado.
The extent of that damage became apparent as the sun rose Thursday morning, revealing scenes like the one above, where a gas station awning had collapsed.
Downed power lines meant that Jessica Rodgers and Ray Arellana had to carefully maneuver through the streets as they carried a stroller with Rodgers' sister Sophia nestled inside.
Eric Cunningham, a resident who took shelter in his basement, described the scene as being like something you'd see in a place ravaged by war.
The storm also ripped apart trees, such as this one outside the Hidden Oaks apartment complex.