UPDATE 8.30am: A TORNADO causing heavy damage has touched down in Missouri after severe storms ripping through the US midwest killed at least 15 overnight.
The twister hit the southern part of Sedalia – a city of over 20,000 – after 12.20pm local time, damaging homes and businesses, according to the Kansas City Star.
Resident Clayton Wright told the newspaper that he emerged from his basement after the storm and saw “a lot of damage” in his neighbourhood.
“Tree limbs are down. Tops of houses are gone. There is even one house that is missing,” he said.
Aerial television footage showed several homes destroyed among twisted rubble and splintered, uprooted trees. A mobile home park appeared to have suffered major damage.
About 15 people were treated for minor injuries at Bothwell Regional Health Center, but were not admitted, spokeswoman Lisa Church told NewsCore.
Sedalia is about 240km northeast of Joplin, Missouri, where the single deadliest tornado recorded by the National Weather Service killed over 120 people on Sunday.