Photo of the tornado late on May 22, 2019 near Eugene (Courtesy: Jaclyn Morrow)

Jefferson City, Eldon focus on recovery from historic tornado

The curfew ended at 5 a.m. Friday in the part of Jefferson City badly damaged by late Wednesday’s tornado.

Authorities are still reporting no fatalities at the capital or in Eldon. Dozens are hurt.

More than 1,200 Ameren Missouri customers were still without power as of early Friday. About 200 of the utility’s poles snapped during the storm. Three Rivers Electric Cooperative reported more than 1,700 outages too as of Thursday afternoon.

SEMA says volunteers can go to the old Sears building in Capital Mall to sign up to help. Go to redcross.org for info on how to donate.

Officials are taking tree limb and brush debris from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through the Memorial Day weekend at the facility at 2619 North Shamrock Road in Jefferson City. Reach out to Republic Services at 5645 Moreau River Access Rd. (Gate 1) for other debris removal. The phone number is 573-635-8805.

The National Weather Service says the tornado hit an EF-3 level at one point. It packed 160 mph winds, and was 15 football fields wide. It was on the ground for more than 19 miles.

(This story was last updated at 8:59 a.m. Friday.)

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