Shortly before 1 p.m.- CSW spoke to Dave Clippert of the Pettis County Emergency Management who confirmed that a tornado touched down south of Sedalia- then moved into southern and eastern parts of that western Missouri city of around 20000.
Mr. Clippert confirmed damage to buildings- but he could not yet say the extent of damage or if there were any injuries at that time.
Later we learned the extent of damage.
The tornado apparently first touched down just outside the southern city limits along U.S. 65 highway- where it struck a truck stop and damaged a Sutherland's Lumber Co. building.
The tornado then moved northeast into a residential area and a trailer park.
News helicopter video shows a few homes with roofs and some walls collapsed- as well as a school bus barn damaged.
Damage from the air appears to be EF-2- possibly low-end EF-3 in spots.
A roller rink south of 32st Street and Grand was severely damaged.
There are reported to be up to 2 dozen "minor" injuries according to news reports.
The SEDALIA DEMOCRAT has more on their Web site HERE.