Missouri tornado kills multiple people, sows destruction

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities say a tornado that tore through southeastern Missouri has caused widespread destruction and killed and injured multiple people. Sgt. Clark Parrott of the Missouri State Highway Patrol says the tornado moved through a rural area of Bollinger County, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of St. Louis, between 3:30 and 4 a.m. Wednesday. He said it caused “multiple injuries and multiple deaths,” but he didn’t say how many or precisely where they occurred. Justin Gibbs, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Paducah, Kentucky, says the tornado touched down about 3:30 a.m. and was on the ground for roughly 15 minutes The tornado was part of a powerful weather system moving through the Midwest and South.