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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A longtime Utah judge has been suspended without pay for six months after making critical comments online and in court about President Donald Trump, including a post bashing his “inability to govern and political incompetence.”

Judge Michael Kwan’s posts on Facebook and LinkedIn in 2016-2017 violated the judicial code of conduct and diminished “the reputation of our entire judiciary,” wrote Utah State Supreme Court Justice John A. Pearce in an opinion posted Wednesday.

Kwan’s Facebook account was private but could have been shared by friends, Pearce wrote.

“Judge Kwan’s behavior denigrates his reputation as an impartial, independent, dignified, and courteous jurist who takes no advantage of the office in which he serves,” Pearce said.

Kwan has been a justice court judge in the Salt Lake City suburb of Taylorsville since 1998. He deals with misdemeanor cases, violations of ordinances and small claims.

He was first appointed by elected city officials to a six-year term and was retained in the position by voters. Kwan argued the suspension was inappropriate and an unlawful attempt to regulate his constitutionally protected speech, Pearce wrote in the opinion.

Kwan’s attorney, Greg Skordas, said the judge is disappointed with the severity of the suspension but accepted that he would get some reprimand. Like many people after the 2016 election, Kwan felt strongly about the results and said some things “in haste,” Skordas said. He knows judges are held to a higher standard and must be careful, the lawyer said.

“He certainly regrets making those statements and is committed to not doing anything like that again,” Skordas said.

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Stocks fell sharply on Thursday as U.S.-China trade worries persisted with more companies suspending business with Chinese telecom giant Huawei.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 350 points as United Technologies and Goldman Sachs lagged. The S&P 500 fell 1.2% while the Nasdaq Composite dropped 1.3%.

Equities extended losses after IHS Markit said U.S. manufacturing activity grew at its slowest pace since September 2009 this month. The data led investors to load up on Treasurys. The benchmark 10-year Treasury yield fell to its lowest level since Dec. 7, 2017. The Dow fell as much as 406.77 points.

“The trade landscape looks bleaker than ever,” said Adam Crisafulli, executive director at J.P. Morgan, in a note. “Anyone bullish on the SPX has to be conducting a lot of soul searching at the moment.”

Crisafulli also pointed out that flash PMIs indicate that an economic rebound from earlier this year is “showing signs of attenuating” while the Federal Reserve is in no hurry to cut rates.

Shares of Qualcomm fell 4.5% while Xilinx declined 2.8%. Micron and Lam Research declined 4.5% and 2.4%, respectively.

Apple shares also fell 2.1% after a UBS analyst cut his price target on the iPhone maker to $225 per share from $235. The analyst kept his buy rating on the stock, but noted that “a slightly lower multiple is prudent given soft smartphone market and ongoing US/China trade issues.”

Traders and financial professionals work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) ahead of the opening bell, May 8, 2019 in New York City.

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U.K.-based chip designer Arm Holdings said it suspended business with Huawei to comply with the U.S. blacklisting of the telecom company. Panasonic also said it stopped shipping some smartphone components to Huawei. Vodafone and BT Group, the biggest phone carriers in the U.K., said they are removing Huawei phones from their 5G network plans.

At the same time, China is taking a stronger tone in its rhetoric towards the U.S. Ministry of Commerce spokesperson Gao Feng said: “If the U.S. would like to keep on negotiating it should, with sincerity, adjust its wrong actions. Only then can talks continue.”

“The U.S. … crackdown on Chinese companies not only seriously damages the normal commercial cooperation between both countries, but it also forms a great threat to the security of the global industrial and supply chain,” Feng added.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told CNBC’s “Squawk Box ” on Thursday that “it is important for the conversation to continue. ” He also said Huawei works with the Chinese government even though the company has denied such claims. “For them to say that they don’t work with the Chinese government is false.”

The U.S. and China have imposed tariffs on billions of dollars’ worth of one another’s goods since the start of 2018, battering financial markets and souring business and consumer sentiment. Tensions ratcheted up earlier this month with both sides hiking tariffs on their goods. This has led the S&P 500 down 4.2% for the month.

—CNBC’s Sam Meredith contributed to this report.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games mascots, Miraitowa and Someity ride on a boat during their debut event of water parade in Tokyo
Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games mascots, Miraitowa and Someity ride on a boat during their debut event of water parade in Tokyo, Japan July 22, 2018. Toshifumi Kitamura/Pool via Reuters

May 23, 2019

By Jack Tarrant

TOKYO (Reuters) – Tokyo 2020 organizers welcomed on Thursday the International Olympic Committee’s recommendation to include boxing at next year’s Games.

The IOC executive board recommended on Wednesday that boxing should keep its place at the Tokyo Games but recognition of AIBA, the governing body of the sport’s amateur version, should be suspended.

The recommendations came as the IOC published a 30-page report following an inquiry into the finances and governance of AIBA which has been in turmoil for years.

The IOC have instead set up a task force, led by IOC member and International Gymnastics Federation head Morinari Watanabe, to organize boxing in Tokyo.

“Of course it is the most important thing for the athletes who have been training and preparing for this,” said John Coates, the man entrusted by the IOC to oversee the smooth running of the Games, following meetings in Tokyo.

“(There is) obviously much work to be done by Mr. Watanabe’s committee but we have got no doubt that with the cooperation of the organizing committee we can meet the expectations and dreams of all athletes.”

The IOC has made gender equality a priority leading into Tokyo 2020 yet at the last two Olympics there have been three boxing medal events for women and 10 for men.

“You can be assured that whoever organizes the Olympic competition, we will insist on this principle of gender equality for boxing,” IOC President Thomas Bach said earlier this month.

The 60-year-old Watanabe said on Thursday he understood the importance of gender equality but is still getting to grips with the world of boxing.

“Gender equality is common sense,” added Watanabe, who said he only found out about his new responsibilities when Bach called to interrupt his dinner two nights ago.

“Sport is just an element within that common sense.”

Watanabe was less sure when pressed on whether he would consult professional boxing organizations.

“Sorry, I have no idea. I don’t know the organizations of boxing in the world,” he said.

“I want to listen to many people’s opinions so I want to find the best way… for the athletes and for justice.”

(Reporting by Jack Tarrant; Editing by Toby Davis)

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‘It was a direct hit’: Monster tornado tears through Jefferson City in Missouri causing ‘catastrophic damage’ and a ‘mass casualty event’ as twisters across the state kill three and the National Guard is called in

  • ‘Violent tornado’ was confirmed in Jefferson City around 11.47pm on Wednesday
  • In tweet National Weather Service warned residents in area to take ‘shelter now!’ 
  • Jefferson City Mayor Carrie Tergin issued evacuation for homes and the airport
  • The NWS said on Facebook that the tornado has ‘produced extensive damage’
  • For third consecutive day, dangerous storms prompted numerous tornado warnings and reports of twisters touching down in Missouri and Oklahoma
  • NWS said it had received 22 reports of tornadoes by late Wednesday evening
  • One of those tornadoes skirted a few miles north of Joplin, Missouri, officials said
  • Officials confirmed three deaths in Golden City area of Barton County and several injuries in Carl Junction in Jasper County from tornado that hit Joplin
  • The devastating tornadoes come on eighth anniversary of the catastrophic tornado that killed 161 people in Joplin, Missouri, in 2011

A catastrophic tornado has ripped through Missouri’s capital, according to the National Weather Service. 

The ‘violent tornado’ was confirmed in Jefferson City around 11.43pm Wednesday night. Jefferson City took a direct hit by the storm and there are several unconfirmed reports of residents hearing ‘mass casualties’ over their scanners. 

Three deaths in Missouri have been confirmed, the result of a tornado earlier in the day, but there is no word yet on possible fatalities in the capital. 

Police Lt. David Williams said officers have received multiple calls of people being trapped in their homes. 

Late Wednesday night, the weather service warned residents in a tweet to take ‘shelter now!’ 

An emergency alert described the tornado as ‘large and destructive’ and moving at 40mph. The NWS of Saint Louis said on Facebook that the tornado has ‘produced extensive damage’. 

Some residents are also trapped under rubble in the Hawthorne Apartment complex that suffered damage to more than half of its building.

Firefighters have begun rescue operations in the area, including at the apartment building. Missouri Task Force 1 was also activated. 

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A catastrophic tornado has ripped through Missouri's capital, according to the National Weather Service. The 'violent tornado' was confirmed in Jefferson City around 11.47pm Wednesday night

A catastrophic tornado has ripped through Missouri’s capital, according to the National Weather Service. The ‘violent tornado’ was confirmed in Jefferson City around 11.47pm Wednesday night

Multiple injuries were also reported, but no fatalities. Some residents are also trapped under rubble in an apartment complex (pictured) that suffered damage to more than half of its building

Multiple injuries were also reported, but no fatalities. Some residents are also trapped under rubble in an apartment complex (pictured) that suffered damage to more than half of its building

Numerous power lines have been downed in Jefferson City and there's debris (left and right) in the streets that includes large pieces of wood and concrete

Debris is seen scattered in the street

Numerous power lines have been downed in Jefferson City and there’s debris (left and right) in the streets that includes large pieces of wood and concrete

This photos shows debris surrounding a tractor-trailer outside of a building

This photos shows debris surrounding a tractor-trailer outside of a building 

Late Wednesday night, the weather service warned residents in a tweet to take 'shelter now!' An emergency alert described the tornado as 'large an destructive' and moving at 40mph

Late Wednesday night, the weather service warned residents in a tweet to take ‘shelter now!’ An emergency alert described the tornado as ‘large an destructive’ and moving at 40mph

‘All Jefferson City Firefighters have been called back and are beginning rescue operations. Please Pray for our Citizens,’ the Jefferson City Fire Department tweeted. 

Firefighters aren’t able to reach the complex due to the collapse of a YMCA building that’s blocking the road.

There are also multiple reports on social media of a Best Western hotel that got hit by the tornado with injuries inside. 

The Missouri Public Safety Twitter account tweeted that local first responders are going ‘door-to-door’. 

‘Consider all power lines live. Stay out of areas with damage,’ officials warned, adding that there’s severe damage along Ellis Boulevard near Highway 54.

‘We’re doing okay but praying for those that were caught in damage, some still trapped,’ Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said on Twitter early Thursday.

A National Weather Service meteorologist said: ‘As of this morning, the main parts of the storms have pushed eastward, thank goodness,’ leaving the region to deal with just another expected two inches of rain through Friday. 

First reponders warned that ‘flash flooding hazards will expand as rain continues’. There have also been numerous reports of gas odors.  

Authorities confirmed that several buildings had collapsed and photos from one structure appeared to be a Sonic restaurant.  

There were also local reports of a bowling alley with heavy damage and a destroyed bank. 

Photos showed overturned cars at the Riley Chevrolet Buick GMC dealership located on Christy Drive.  

A collapsed tree in Jefferson City following the tornado

An overturned car in Jefferson City is seen in a police image

These pictures posted by the Missouri State Highway patrol show damaged caused by a tornado in Jefferson City including a collapsed tree and an overturned vehicle 

There was considerable damage outside this Jefferson City house after the city took a 'direct hit' from a tornado

There was considerable damage outside this Jefferson City house after the city took a ‘direct hit’ from a tornado 

Authorities confirmed that several buildings had collapsed and photos from one structure appeared to be a Sonic restaurant

Authorities confirmed that several buildings had collapsed and photos from one structure appeared to be a Sonic restaurant

This destroyed structure is believed to be the Sonic restaurant located along along Ellis Boulevard

This destroyed structure is believed to be the Sonic restaurant located along along Ellis Boulevard

Missouri Governor Mike Parson tweeted late Wednesday night: ‘We’re doing okay but praying for those that were caught in damage, some are still trapped – local emergency crews are on site and assisting.

Parson said first responders will ‘continue to monitor and assist throughout the severe storms lasting until morning. Stay safe and alert!’

Numerous power lines have been downed in Jefferson City and there’s debris in the streets that includes large pieces of wood and concrete. 

Earlier Wednesday evening, Jefferson City Mayor Carrie Tergin issued a mandatory evacuation for an area involving a handful of homes. 

Jefferson City police Lt Dave Williams estimated that only about five to 10 homes are in the area that’s under a mandatory evacuation.

As a precaution, the Missouri National Guard also moved four helicopters out of the city’s airport, which also is on the north side of the river. And a Memorial Day weekend airshow was canceled. 

The NWS issued tornado warnings for several Missouri towns until 1am CDT. 

For the third consecutive day, dangerous storms prompted numerous tornado warnings and reports of twisters touching down, mostly in Missouri and Oklahoma. 

The NWS said it had received 22 reports of tornadoes by late Wednesday evening, although some of those could be duplicate reporting of the same twister.

Photos showed overturned cars at the Riley Chevrolet Buick GMC dealership (pictured) located on Christy Drive

Photos showed overturned cars at the Riley Chevrolet Buick GMC dealership (pictured) located on Christy Drive

The tornado damaged dozens of cars at the Chevrolet lot Wednesday night

The tornado damaged dozens of cars at the Chevrolet lot Wednesday night 

Several cars were seen on top of one another at the dealership

Several cars were seen on top of one another at the dealership 

Overturned vehicles litter the dealership along Christy Drive

Overturned vehicles litter the dealership along Christy Drive

One tornado skirted just a few miles north of Joplin, Missouri, on the eighth anniversary of a catastrophic tornado that killed 161 people in the city. 

The Joplin tornado on May 22, 2011, was one of the strongest and most destructive in US history. 

The tornado caused some damage in the town of Carl Junction, about 4 miles north of the Joplin airport.

Law enforcement confirmed three fatalities in the Golden City area of Barton County and several injuries in the Carl Junction area of Jasper County from the tornado that hit Joplin. 

Jasper County Emergency Management Director Keith Stammer said officials won’t know the true extent of the damage until the morning.

The Arkansas River was approaching historic highs, while the already high Missouri and Mississippi Rivers were again rising after a multi-day stretch of storms that produced dozens of tornadoes. 

Officials said the Mississippi River was at or approaching major flood stage from Iowa through southern Missouri and Illinois. 

The NWS said it had received 22 reports of tornadoes by late Wednesday evening, although some of those could be duplicate reporting of the same twister

One tornado (pictured) skirted just a few miles north of Joplin, Missouri

The NWS said it had received 22 reports of tornadoes by late Wednesday evening, although some of those could be duplicate reporting of the same twister. One tornado (pictured) skirted just a few miles north of Joplin, Missouri

The tornado caused some damage in the town of Carl Junction (pictured), about 4 miles north of the Joplin airport

The tornado caused some damage in the town of Carl Junction (pictured), about 4 miles north of the Joplin airport 

For the third consecutive day, dangerous storms prompted numerous tornado warnings and reports of twisters touching down, mostly in Missouri and Oklahoma

For the third consecutive day, dangerous storms prompted numerous tornado warnings and reports of twisters touching down, mostly in Missouri and Oklahoma

In St Louis, the Mississippi was expected to crest Monday at nearly 12 feet above flood stage. 

If that holds, the Coast Guard will likely close the river to navigation for the second time this month.

Along the Missouri River, about 50 levees in Missouri could be overtopped by Saturday as high water levels move downstream, according to the Army Corps of Engineers. 

The river was expected to crest Thursday at 36.1 feet near the town of Glasgow, Missouri, overtopping agricultural levees and inundating some homes, highways and parkland.

Forecasters predicted parts of Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas could see more severe weather Wednesday night into Thursday.

‘The biggest concern is more rain,’ Oklahoma Gov Kevin Stitt said during a news conference following an aerial tour with Tulsa Mayor G.W. Bynum and other officials Wednesday morning.

The deluge inundated roadways, closing highways in 22 Oklahoma counties and 17 Kansas counties, along with more than 330 Missouri roads. 

Amtrak suspended train service Wednesday and Thursday along a route between St Louis and Kansas City because of congestion and flood-related delays.

Deaths from this week’s storms include a 74-year-old woman found early Wednesday morning in Iowa. 

Officials there say she was killed by a possible tornado that damaged a farmstead in Adair County. 

Missouri authorities said heavy rain was a contributing factor in the deaths of two people in a traffic accident Tuesday near Springfield.   

A fourth weather-related death may have occurred in Oklahoma, where the Highway Patrol said a woman apparently drowned after driving around a barricade Tuesday near Perkins, about 45 miles northeast of Oklahoma City. 

The unidentified woman’s body was sent to the state medical examiner’s office to confirm the cause of death. 

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Keli Cain said she isn’t yet listed as what would be the state’s first storm-related death. 


‘It was a direct hit’: Monster tornado tears through Jefferson City in Missouri causing ‘catastrophic damage’ and a ‘mass casualty event’ as twisters across the state kill three and the National Guard is called in

  • ‘Violent tornado’ was confirmed in Jefferson City around 11.47pm on Wednesday
  • In tweet National Weather Service warned residents in area to take ‘shelter now!’ 
  • Jefferson City Mayor Carrie Tergin issued evacuation for homes and the airport
  • The NWS said on Facebook that the tornado has ‘produced extensive damage’
  • For third consecutive day, dangerous storms prompted numerous tornado warnings and reports of twisters touching down in Missouri and Oklahoma
  • NWS said it had received 22 reports of tornadoes by late Wednesday evening
  • One of those tornadoes skirted a few miles north of Joplin, Missouri, officials said
  • Officials confirmed three deaths in Golden City area of Barton County and several injuries in Carl Junction in Jasper County from tornado that hit Joplin
  • The devastating tornadoes come on eighth anniversary of the catastrophic tornado that killed 161 people in Joplin, Missouri, in 2011

A catastrophic tornado has ripped through Missouri’s capital, according to the National Weather Service. 

The ‘violent tornado’ was confirmed in Jefferson City around 11.43pm Wednesday night. Jefferson City took a direct hit by the storm and there are several unconfirmed reports of residents hearing ‘mass casualties’ over their scanners. 

Three deaths in Missouri have been confirmed, the result of a tornado earlier in the day, but there is no word yet on possible fatalities in the capital. 

Police Lt. David Williams said officers have received multiple calls of people being trapped in their homes. 

Late Wednesday night, the weather service warned residents in a tweet to take ‘shelter now!’ 

An emergency alert described the tornado as ‘large and destructive’ and moving at 40mph. The NWS of Saint Louis said on Facebook that the tornado has ‘produced extensive damage’. 

Some residents are also trapped under rubble in the Hawthorne Apartment complex that suffered damage to more than half of its building.

Firefighters have begun rescue operations in the area, including at the apartment building. Missouri Task Force 1 was also activated. 

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A catastrophic tornado has ripped through Missouri's capital, according to the National Weather Service. The 'violent tornado' was confirmed in Jefferson City around 11.47pm Wednesday night

A catastrophic tornado has ripped through Missouri’s capital, according to the National Weather Service. The ‘violent tornado’ was confirmed in Jefferson City around 11.47pm Wednesday night

Multiple injuries were also reported, but no fatalities. Some residents are also trapped under rubble in an apartment complex (pictured) that suffered damage to more than half of its building

Multiple injuries were also reported, but no fatalities. Some residents are also trapped under rubble in an apartment complex (pictured) that suffered damage to more than half of its building

Numerous power lines have been downed in Jefferson City and there's debris (left and right) in the streets that includes large pieces of wood and concrete

Debris is seen scattered in the street

Numerous power lines have been downed in Jefferson City and there’s debris (left and right) in the streets that includes large pieces of wood and concrete

This photos shows debris surrounding a tractor-trailer outside of a building

This photos shows debris surrounding a tractor-trailer outside of a building 

Late Wednesday night, the weather service warned residents in a tweet to take 'shelter now!' An emergency alert described the tornado as 'large an destructive' and moving at 40mph

Late Wednesday night, the weather service warned residents in a tweet to take ‘shelter now!’ An emergency alert described the tornado as ‘large an destructive’ and moving at 40mph

‘All Jefferson City Firefighters have been called back and are beginning rescue operations. Please Pray for our Citizens,’ the Jefferson City Fire Department tweeted. 

Firefighters aren’t able to reach the complex due to the collapse of a YMCA building that’s blocking the road.

There are also multiple reports on social media of a Best Western hotel that got hit by the tornado with injuries inside. 

The Missouri Public Safety Twitter account tweeted that local first responders are going ‘door-to-door’. 

‘Consider all power lines live. Stay out of areas with damage,’ officials warned, adding that there’s severe damage along Ellis Boulevard near Highway 54.

‘We’re doing okay but praying for those that were caught in damage, some still trapped,’ Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said on Twitter early Thursday.

A National Weather Service meteorologist said: ‘As of this morning, the main parts of the storms have pushed eastward, thank goodness,’ leaving the region to deal with just another expected two inches of rain through Friday. 

First reponders warned that ‘flash flooding hazards will expand as rain continues’. There have also been numerous reports of gas odors.  

Authorities confirmed that several buildings had collapsed and photos from one structure appeared to be a Sonic restaurant.  

There were also local reports of a bowling alley with heavy damage and a destroyed bank. 

Photos showed overturned cars at the Riley Chevrolet Buick GMC dealership located on Christy Drive.  

A collapsed tree in Jefferson City following the tornado

An overturned car in Jefferson City is seen in a police image

These pictures posted by the Missouri State Highway patrol show damaged caused by a tornado in Jefferson City including a collapsed tree and an overturned vehicle 

There was considerable damage outside this Jefferson City house after the city took a 'direct hit' from a tornado

There was considerable damage outside this Jefferson City house after the city took a ‘direct hit’ from a tornado 

Authorities confirmed that several buildings had collapsed and photos from one structure appeared to be a Sonic restaurant

Authorities confirmed that several buildings had collapsed and photos from one structure appeared to be a Sonic restaurant

This destroyed structure is believed to be the Sonic restaurant located along along Ellis Boulevard

This destroyed structure is believed to be the Sonic restaurant located along along Ellis Boulevard

Missouri Governor Mike Parson tweeted late Wednesday night: ‘We’re doing okay but praying for those that were caught in damage, some are still trapped – local emergency crews are on site and assisting.

Parson said first responders will ‘continue to monitor and assist throughout the severe storms lasting until morning. Stay safe and alert!’

Numerous power lines have been downed in Jefferson City and there’s debris in the streets that includes large pieces of wood and concrete. 

Earlier Wednesday evening, Jefferson City Mayor Carrie Tergin issued a mandatory evacuation for an area involving a handful of homes. 

Jefferson City police Lt Dave Williams estimated that only about five to 10 homes are in the area that’s under a mandatory evacuation.

As a precaution, the Missouri National Guard also moved four helicopters out of the city’s airport, which also is on the north side of the river. And a Memorial Day weekend airshow was canceled. 

The NWS issued tornado warnings for several Missouri towns until 1am CDT. 

For the third consecutive day, dangerous storms prompted numerous tornado warnings and reports of twisters touching down, mostly in Missouri and Oklahoma. 

The NWS said it had received 22 reports of tornadoes by late Wednesday evening, although some of those could be duplicate reporting of the same twister.

Photos showed overturned cars at the Riley Chevrolet Buick GMC dealership (pictured) located on Christy Drive

Photos showed overturned cars at the Riley Chevrolet Buick GMC dealership (pictured) located on Christy Drive

The tornado damaged dozens of cars at the Chevrolet lot Wednesday night

The tornado damaged dozens of cars at the Chevrolet lot Wednesday night 

Several cars were seen on top of one another at the dealership

Several cars were seen on top of one another at the dealership 

Overturned vehicles litter the dealership along Christy Drive

Overturned vehicles litter the dealership along Christy Drive

One tornado skirted just a few miles north of Joplin, Missouri, on the eighth anniversary of a catastrophic tornado that killed 161 people in the city. 

The Joplin tornado on May 22, 2011, was one of the strongest and most destructive in US history. 

The tornado caused some damage in the town of Carl Junction, about 4 miles north of the Joplin airport.

Law enforcement confirmed three fatalities in the Golden City area of Barton County and several injuries in the Carl Junction area of Jasper County from the tornado that hit Joplin. 

Jasper County Emergency Management Director Keith Stammer said officials won’t know the true extent of the damage until the morning.

The Arkansas River was approaching historic highs, while the already high Missouri and Mississippi Rivers were again rising after a multi-day stretch of storms that produced dozens of tornadoes. 

Officials said the Mississippi River was at or approaching major flood stage from Iowa through southern Missouri and Illinois. 

The NWS said it had received 22 reports of tornadoes by late Wednesday evening, although some of those could be duplicate reporting of the same twister

One tornado (pictured) skirted just a few miles north of Joplin, Missouri

The NWS said it had received 22 reports of tornadoes by late Wednesday evening, although some of those could be duplicate reporting of the same twister. One tornado (pictured) skirted just a few miles north of Joplin, Missouri

The tornado caused some damage in the town of Carl Junction (pictured), about 4 miles north of the Joplin airport

The tornado caused some damage in the town of Carl Junction (pictured), about 4 miles north of the Joplin airport 

For the third consecutive day, dangerous storms prompted numerous tornado warnings and reports of twisters touching down, mostly in Missouri and Oklahoma

For the third consecutive day, dangerous storms prompted numerous tornado warnings and reports of twisters touching down, mostly in Missouri and Oklahoma

In St Louis, the Mississippi was expected to crest Monday at nearly 12 feet above flood stage. 

If that holds, the Coast Guard will likely close the river to navigation for the second time this month.

Along the Missouri River, about 50 levees in Missouri could be overtopped by Saturday as high water levels move downstream, according to the Army Corps of Engineers. 

The river was expected to crest Thursday at 36.1 feet near the town of Glasgow, Missouri, overtopping agricultural levees and inundating some homes, highways and parkland.

Forecasters predicted parts of Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas could see more severe weather Wednesday night into Thursday.

‘The biggest concern is more rain,’ Oklahoma Gov Kevin Stitt said during a news conference following an aerial tour with Tulsa Mayor G.W. Bynum and other officials Wednesday morning.

The deluge inundated roadways, closing highways in 22 Oklahoma counties and 17 Kansas counties, along with more than 330 Missouri roads. 

Amtrak suspended train service Wednesday and Thursday along a route between St Louis and Kansas City because of congestion and flood-related delays.

Deaths from this week’s storms include a 74-year-old woman found early Wednesday morning in Iowa. 

Officials there say she was killed by a possible tornado that damaged a farmstead in Adair County. 

Missouri authorities said heavy rain was a contributing factor in the deaths of two people in a traffic accident Tuesday near Springfield.   

A fourth weather-related death may have occurred in Oklahoma, where the Highway Patrol said a woman apparently drowned after driving around a barricade Tuesday near Perkins, about 45 miles northeast of Oklahoma City. 

The unidentified woman’s body was sent to the state medical examiner’s office to confirm the cause of death. 

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Keli Cain said she isn’t yet listed as what would be the state’s first storm-related death. 

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