Missouri State Championship Track meets postponed due to tornado damage in Jefferson City

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By NewsRadio 1120 KMOX

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo (KMOX) - The Missouri State High School Activities Association is postponing this weekend's State Tack and Field Championships in Jefferson City after a violent tornado swept across the state, killing three people and leaving many people trapped in the wreckage of their homes overnight Wednesday.

The MSHSAA Twitter account announced the postponment of the Class 3, 4, and 5 championships Thursday morning, as state public safety officials warned people to stay away from the impacted areas if possible. The meets are being held at Jefferson City High School, which was partially damaged due to last night's severe storms.

This weekend's #MSHSAA Class 3,4,5 Track & Field Championships in Jefferson City have been suspended. More information will be made available later today.Please do not travel to Jefferson City today.#mopreps pic.twitter.com/SqSxGxurUi

— MSHSAA (@jwestMSHSAA) May 23, 2019

The damage to Adkins Stadium in Jefferson City #MSHSAA track and field championships suspended⁦@Missourinetpic.twitter.com/q8bt7WXbQo

— Bill Pollock (@missourisports) May 23, 2019

MSHSAA says they will have an update with more information today. 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has been warning the public to stay away from the area if you are no affected. The Missouri Department of Public Safety says it has already witnessed a vehicle accident due to a driver "rubbernecking."

Please do not travel into areas impacted by the severe storms! You'll delay the work of first responders and utility crews, and slow efforts to clear debris. You might also wind up with a flat tire or two. And we've just witnessed a crash due to rubbernecking in Jefferson City! https://t.co/94VfzwrM1w

— MO Public Safety (@MoPublicSafety) May 23, 2019

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