An EF3 Tornado touched down at 11:46 p.m. on May 22, in Jefferson City, Missouri. The tornado cut a three mile path through neighborhoods, businesses and schools. Residents woke up to roofs being torn off, windows shattering, metal twisting and turning around anything it came across and even the collapse of neighboring homes.
Sewer drains were filled with indiscriminate debris. Bikes, lawn chairs, branches, beer cans and glass gathered in piles randomly along the three mile path of destruction. The trees that still stood, were covered with metal debris and plastic.
I was about 2 hours from Jeff City, living in St. Louis, when I saw images of the tornado damage on the news. I quickly grabbed my camera gear and drove straight there. I arrived around 3 p.m. and began photographing on foot the destruction the tornado caused to neighborhoods, businesses and a local elementary school. As the sun began to set I realized I was over a mile from my car and quickly grabbed a few more frames before heading home.
Fortunately, no fatalities were reported in Jefferson City.