UPDATE:  Officials in Missouri confirm at least three people are dead from a possible tornado.

The Missouri Department of Public Safety says a suspected tornado hit in Barton county, Missouri.

That's where officials say three people were killed in the town of Golden City.

Crews are going door to door to check for people who may be injured.

Emergency responders have been using a drone with thermal imaging to check houses for people trapped.

PREVIOUS STORY: JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The National Weather Service says a "violent tornado" has touched down in Jefferson City, Missouri, causing possible fatalities and heavy damage.

The service reports that a "confirmed large and destructive tornado" was observed over Jefferson City at 11:43 p.m. Wednesday, moving northeast at 40 mph.