A devastating tornado tore through southeastern Missouri on Wednesday morning, killing at least five people and leaving widespread destruction as authorities warned of more twisters.
The tornado struck Bollinger County before dawn, sending first responders into a frantic search for injured people caught under the rubble, officials said.
"It’s with great regret that I can confirm five fatalities," Bollinger County Sheriff Casey A. Graham said in statement.
Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Clark Parrott said early in the afternoon that officials are hopeful the death toll won’t grow.
‘The damage is pretty widespread. It’s just heartbreaking to see it,’ he said.
Officials in Louisville reported extensive damage and a possible death after a tornado struck Wednesday afternoon.