Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and First Lady Georganne Nixon stand after taking the oath of office for a second term as Missouri's Governor at the State Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri on January 14, 2013. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
By Belo Content KMOV
(KMOV.com) -- Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency in Missouri on Friday night, as a powerful storm system brought heavy rain, hail and reports of tornadoes in the St. Louis area.
“Much of Missouri is experiencing dangerous severe weather tonight, on the heels of several days of heavy rain,” said Gov. Nixon. “I urge Missourians to closely monitor weather conditions, so they can take shelter or move to higher ground if needed. The risk of severe weather remains with us well into tomorrow. The state of Missouri will continue to work closely with local officials to help protect lives and property from these storms.”
The severe weather comes after days of heavy rain, prompting flash flood warnings across several counties in the metro area.
According to the release, Gov. Nixon is reviewing reports from multiple agencies to assess damage. He also activated the state's Emergency Operations Plan, which coordinates efforts with local departments.