Tornadoes hit Joplin area on anniversary of deadly EF-5 tornado

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JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) -

Tornadoes touched down near Joplin, Missouri, on the eighth anniversary of a massive twister that devastated the city and killed 161 people there.

Jasper County Emergency Management Director Keith Stammer said a tornado started Wednesday night southwest of the small town of Carl Junction and moved northeast through the towns of Oronogo and Golden City. Carl Junction is about 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) north of Joplin.

Stammer said authorities were conducting a house-to-house search in Carl Junction to determine whether anyone was hurt but no injuries were reported. He said roofs of homes were damaged, along with fences, farm buildings and utility poles.

An elderly couple and another woman were killed when the storm destroyed their homes in Golden City, about 40 miles north of Joplin.

Stammer said officials won’t know the true extent of the damage until the morning.

The Joplin Globe also reported that the National Weather Services confirmed a tornado in Galena, southwest of Springfield, near Branson.