On the 8th anniversary of tornado that destroyed a large portion of Joplin and took 161 lives, severe weather again took its' toll on the area.

Numerous tornado, severe thunderstorm warnings, flash flood and river flood warnings were issued from Wednesday evening into Thursday.

Tornado damage was reported in the Briarbrook area of Carl Junction near Joplin and at Golden City, three people died after a tornado struck the community. 86-year old Kenneth Harris and his 83-year old wife, Opal Harris, both died outside their home. 56-year old Betty Berg also died and her husband, Mark, suffered serious injuries at their home west of Golden City.

Golden City is about 45 miles north of the Joplin Metro Area.

Other damage was reported area wide from the storms.

Tornado damage was reported in the Briarbrook area of Carl Junction near Joplin and at Golden City, three people died after a tornado struck the community. 86-year old Kenneth Harris and his 83-year old wife, Opal Harris, both died outside their home. 56-year old Betty Berg also died and her husband, Mark, suffered serious injuries at their home west of Golden City. In Neosho, access to either of the city's main parks was limited due to water. At Big Spring Park, the spring that gives the park its name was overflowing through the park and into the street. At Morse Park, both roads into the park were blocked by water and were impassable. Shoal Creek was also out of its banks on the edge and north of Neosho into south Joplin. Tornado warnings were issued throughout the area including for Neosho around 1:30 a.m. on Thursday. Although there were no touch downs reported in the immediate Neosho area, law enforcement reported a funnel cloud near U.S. Highway 60 and Kodiak Road on the west edge of Neosho. Local storm shelters at three of the city's schools were filled with local residents who sought shelter from the storms.

Flooding continued in the region on Thursday, especially in the small community of Seneca, about eight miles west of Neosho and Shoal Creek in northern Newton County.

Jefferson City, Missouri's capital city, was hard hit by a tornado late Wednesday. A related AP story also appears in today's edition.