Tornado touches down in northeast Nebraska

RRN/ Pilger tornado from Rick Vincent.

RRN/ Pilger tornado from Rick Vincent.

RRN/ Pilger tornado from Rick Vincent.

The National Weather Service says at least two tornadoes have touched down in northeast Nebraska, causing damage. Meteorologist Barbara Mayes says the tornadoes that touched down Monday were
about a mile apart, near the towns of Stanton and Pilger, 100 miles northwest of
Omaha.

Mayes says the tornadoes do not appear to have hit Stanton, but have caused damage in Pilger and some rural areas around that town of about 350. At least
one of the tornadoes lifted off the ground several times before touching down again.

KTIC Radio Station Manager, Dwight Lane was on the scene in Pilger.

"The destruction in Pilger and Northeast Nebraska, is unfortunately very grim," said Lane. "We are not sure about any injuries in Pilger, which got hit this afternoon by at least one tornado, maybe two. There's extensive damage everywhere you look. Right now, the devastation can't be overstated. Buildings are down in downtown Pilger. I saw a street sign that was completely bent over, clear to the ground."

Lane said that the National Weather Service tracked the tornadoes that tore through Stanton County.

Rick Vincent, News Director of KTIC Radio also reported.

"It appears that Wakefield was missed," said Vincent. "Tornado was a mile south of Wakefield. A lot of debris in the fields. I've come across a number of power lines that are down."

The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency reports access to Pilger is limited to emergency vehicles only due to storm damage.


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