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Days after tornadoes, Missouri officials assessing damage

DEFIANCE, Mo. (AP) — Missouri officials are continuing to assess the damage caused by tornadoes that killed at least two people in the state this weekend.

Gov. Mike Parson visited St. Charles and Pemiscot counties Sunday to see the aftermath of the storms that moved through Friday night. The same storm system also generated tornadoes that killed dozens of people in four other states, with the worst damage in Kentucky.

“This morning, we witnessed neighbors helping neighbors and consider this the spirit of true Missourians,” Parson said in a Facebook post Sunday.

State officials are working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to get aid out to affected areas.

The National Weather Service said the tornado that swept across St. Charles County was rated an EF3 tornado with wind at 136-165 mph.

Ollie Borgmann was killed and her husband, Vernon, was injured. The Borgmanns, both 84, were at home when the tornado swept their single-story home and a neighbor’s house off their foundations, scattering debris at least a half-mile.

Parson’s office said two other people in St. Charles County had been hospitalized.

In the Bootheel region of the state, a young child was killed at home, but officials have released few details about that. At least nine other people were treated in hospitals in Pemiscot County.

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