JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KSDK) – In wake of a rash of storms that brought hail, severe weather and tornadoes to parts of the state, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a State of Emergency Saturday and urged residents to exercise caution as more severe weather looms Sunday afternoon.

"I urge Missourians to stay alert, use caution and take shelter immediately if severe weather is headed their way," Nixon said in a news release. "Our state emergency management team will continue to monitor conditions and work closely with local officials to help communities prepare for and respond to this dangerous weather system."

The Missouri Highway Patrol is helping with clean-up in Orrick, where a tornado left homes, vehicles and schools damaged.

Nixon has activated the Missouri State Emergency Operations Plan, which lets state agencies work with local jurisdictions to provide emergency services.

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