Storms capable of producing tornadoes pounded parts of the state Wednesday afternoon.
In Sedalia, Mo., a tornado destroyed dozens of mobile homes and heavily damaged several businesses along one of the city's main highways. No one was killed and only 15-to-25 minor injuries were reported.
Acting Police Chief Larry Ward says despite all the damage, it feels like Sedalia dodged a bullet.
This morning as the National Weather Service upgraded the tornado risk to "high" for the St. Louis area this afternoon, meteorologist and severe weather expert Mike Smith joined us for St. Louis on the Air. Smith called this the "worst tornado season" since the 1950's and cautioned that complacency about risk can be one of the deadliest factors during any storm.
Patrick Foreman comforts his wife in what was the second floor of their home. in Joplin, Missouri on May 24, 2011. The tornado that hit Joplin on May 22 has claimed 122 lives and is now the deadliest single U.S. tornado in about 60 years.
Officials in Joplin refuse to abandon hope of finding more survivors in the wreckage from Sunday night's tornado that killed at least 122 people and injured 750 more.
Rescuers are preparing to go over ground searched as many as three times already. The search has been described as "methodical" with rescuers going house-to-house searching for those trapped in the rubble.