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The National Weather Service issued flash flood watches for much of Missouri on Thursday and said areas along Interstate 70 received up to 6 inches of rain in the last three days. The National Weather Service issued flash flood watches for much of Missouri on Thursday and said areas along Interstate 70 received up to 6 inches of rain in the last three days.
WARRENSBURG, MO (KCTV/AP) -

Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency in Missouri as a widespread severe weather system continued to move across the state, bringing heavy rain, hail, high winds, flooding and flash flooding, and at least one reported tornado.

No injuries have been reported, but several homes near St. Louis were damaged by a twister that touched down at 5:23 a.m.

Severe weather again pummeled the state later on Thursday.

Emergency crews rescued a few motorists after storms pushed across western Missouri, forcing creeks out of their banks.

"With the continued significant risk of severe storms and flooding, I urge Missourians to closely monitor weather conditions, so they can take shelter or move to higher ground if needed," Nixon said. "The state of Missouri will continue to work closely with local officials to help protect lives and property from these storms."

The National Weather Service issued flash flood watches for much of Missouri on Thursday and said areas along Interstate 70 received up to 6 inches of rain in the last three days.

Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Collin Stosberg says no injuries are reported, but two sections of U.S. 50 in Johnson County were closed for several hours Wednesday morning because of flooding.

Due to the heavy amount of rain received in Warrensburg, the University of Central Missouri's bookstore closed because of flooding.

Items being sold to celebrate the Mules' national title were destroyed.

"We had a lot of damage in our back stock room," said Natasha Parsons, a bookstore employee.

Johnson County crews rescued a woman early Thursday after she became stranded in her vehicle by rising water. Three rescuers also needed help after their jet skis became clogged with debris and were disabled. Pettis County crews also rescued a man whose vehicle was swept into a field at a waterway crossing.

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