PHOTOS: Violent tornado rips through Missouri

New Toyotas are piled up at a dealership in Jefferson City, Mo., Thursday, May 23, 2019 after a tornado tore though Jefferson City late Wednesday. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

A powerful tornado swept across Missouri, killing several people as it knocked down power lines and trees, smashed windows and left streets strewn with debris, officials said on Thursday.

A powerful tornado swept across Missouri, killing several people as it knocked down power lines and trees, smashed windows and left streets strewn with debris, officials said on Thursday.

Major damage was reported in the state capital Jefferson City and at least nine people were hospitalized after Wednesday's twister.

It forced people to take shelter as heavy rain, hail, wind and lightning struck the state, along with neighboring Oklahoma and Kansas. (AP)

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In this frame grab from KTVI-TV video, tornado damage can be seen in Jefferson City, Missouri Thursday, May 23, 2019, after a tornado hit overnight. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson surveyed the hardest hit areas in Jefferson City on Thursday and called the damage "devastating." (Photo: KTVI-TV via AP)
Debris from a home that David Surprenant rents with his family is scattered across the lawn Thursday, May 23, 2019, the morning after a tornado hit Jefferson City, Mo. Surprenant said his family fled to the basement while he watched the sky outside. Officials are going door-to-door to survey damage after a tornado ripped a 3-mile path through Missouri's capital city. The destruction in Jefferson City was part of an outbreak of severe weather overnight. (AP Photo/Summer Ballentine)
This aerial image shows severe storm damage in Jefferson City, Mo., Thursday, May 23, 2019, after a tornado hit overnight. A tornado tore apart buildings in Missouri's capital city as part of an overnight outbreak of severe weather across the state. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
This aerial image shows severe storm damage in Jefferson City, Mo., Thursday, May 23, 2019, after a tornado hit overnight. A tornado tore apart buildings in Missouri's capital city as part of an overnight outbreak of severe weather across the state. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Tavaris McClain, left, and Tyree Thompson clear debris to free McClain's mother's car outside her destroyed home Thursday, May 23, 2019 after a tornado tore though Jefferson City, Mo. late Wednesday. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Iesha McClain looks through her destroyed home Thursday, May 23, 2019 after a tornado tore though Jefferson City, Mo. late Wednesday. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
The sign for the Hidden Oaks apartment complex in Jefferson City Missouri stands bent on May 23, 2019, from an apparent tornado in front of a tree that was ripped apart. (Photo:David A. Lieb/AP)
A woman surveys damage on May 23, 2019 after a tornado tore though Jefferson City, Mo. late May 22, 2019. (Photo: Charlie Riedel/AP)
Jessica Rodgers and a neighbor Ray Arellana carry a stroller carrying Rodgers' sister Sophia Rodgers over downed power lines as they head to Rodgers' mother's apartment to check on damage on May 23, 2019 after a tornado tore though Jefferson City. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
In this frame grab from KTVI-TV video, tornado damage can be seen in Jefferson City, Mo., Thursday, May 23, 2019, after a tornado hit overnight. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson surveyed the hardest hit areas in Jefferson City on Thursday and called the damage "devastating." (Photo: KTVI-TV via AP)
A handout photo made available by the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency shows damage after large storms with tornados moved across the state overnight, in Jefferson City, Mo., May 23, 2019. (Photo: Missouri State Emergency Management Agency/Handout/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)
A handout photo made available by the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency shows damage after large storms with tornados moved across the state overnight, in Jefferson City, Mo., May 23, 2019. (Photo: Missouri State Emergency Management Agency/Handout/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)
This image posted on Twitter account of Stechshultsy shows tornado-hit Jefferson City. Mo., on May 23, 2019. (Photo: Stechshultsy via AP)
This image posted on Twitter account of Stechshultsy shows tornado-hit Jefferson City. Mo., May 23, 2019. (Photo: Stechshultsy via AP)
Crews use heavy equipment to push and lift downed power lines, twisted metal and other debris from Ellis Boulevard in Jefferson City, Mo., May 23, 2019. (Photo: AP Photo/David Lieb)
This image provided by John Dolson shows the damage of a car dealership in Jefferson City, Mo., May 23, 2019. (Photo: John Dolson via AP)
This image posted on Twitter account of Stechshultsy shows tornado-hit Jefferson City. Mo.,May 23, 2019. (Photo: Stechshultsy via AP)
This image posted on Twitter account of Stechshultsy shows tornado-hit Jefferson City. Mo., on May 23, 2019. (Photo: Stechshultsy via AP)
Plastic chairs lie in the road and metal from a damaged gas station roof is twisted around a downed power line in Jefferson City, Mo., on May 23, 2019. (Photo: AP Photo/David A. Lieb)
A car is trapped under the fallen metal roof of the Break Time gas station and convenience store in tornado-hit Jefferson City, Mo., May 23, 2019. (Photo: AP Photo/David A. Lieb)
A destroyed sign for a car wash is seen in tornado-hit Jefferson City, Mo., May 23, 2019. (Photo: AP Photo/David A. Lieb)
Downed power lines stretch into a street in tornado-hit Jefferson City, Mo., May 23, 2019. (Photo: AP Photo/David A. Lieb)
In this photo provided by the Missouri Department of Public Safety, debris litters a damaged gas station after a tornado struck the area, May 23, 2019, in Jefferson City, Mo. (Photo: Missouri Department of Public Safety via AP)
This still image taken from video provided by Chris Higgins shows a tornado in Carl Junction, Mo., on May 22, 2019. (Photo: Chris Higgins via AP)

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