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A pedestrian walks his bike through a downpour just as the tornado sirens sounded during a storm passing through Jefferson City Thursday evening.

A pedestrian walks his bike through a downpour just as the tornado sirens sounded during a storm passing through Jefferson City Thursday evening.

Sirens sounded in parts of Mid-Missouri shortly before 6 p.m. as the National Weather Service issued tornado warnings in various counties which have since expired.

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The early evening severe thunderstorm moved across southeastern Cole County, Osage County and into Gasconade County. Those warnings expired by 6:30 p.m.

A preliminary storm report indicated the Missouri Highway Patrol had confirmed a tornado spotted at Rich Fountain at 6:02 p.m. At about the same time, a trained weather spotter indicated seeing a wall cloud five miles west of Linn.

Two-way radio transmissions on Osage County public safety channels indicate trees and power lines down in some areas, including reports of multiple trees down at Meta.

A trained weather spotter reported a funnel cloud at St. Thomas around 5:45 p.m. Trees were reported down in southern Cole County from that storm.

A later tornado warning issued for eastern Maries County expired at 7:30 p.m.

The possibility for flash flooding continued in parts of Mid-Missouri until early Friday morning's end of heavy rainfall.

Check the links below for updated weather details.

Additional information:

Area weather radar, forecast

Current severe weather and flood watches and warnings

MoDOT statewide traveler information map

Area river, stream stages and forecasts

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