Extensive damage in Wayne from tornado; No fatalities

Apparent 2-mile wide tornado entering Wayne Friday evening.

Tornado damage at NAPA in Wayne

Courtesy of The Wayne Herald.


WAYNE, Neb. (AP) _ A tornado that struck the northeast Nebraska town of Wayne caused millions of dollars in damage, but the mayor says no one was killed and the injuries reported have been minor.

Mayor Ken Chamberlain said Friday that officials have accounted for all residents in town. At least 15 people were injured, but Chamberlain says nobody's condition is life-threatening.

Sioux City television station KTIV says the tornado caused millions of dollars in damage. Photos show widespread destruction to businesses and the local airport. Witnesses also reported that
the tornado destroyed at least four homes and the city's softball complex.

A Nebraska Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman says people were trapped in a building in Wayne. A hazardous material crew was dispatched to a gas leak at a supply company.

Governor Dave Heineman has issued an emergency declaration
for the area surrounding Wayne.

A Nebraska Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman said Friday that state officials were traveling to the town to help with the response effort. A hazardous material team was on its way to Wayne to evaluate a gas leak at a supply company.

NEMA spokeswoman Jodie Fawl says early reports indicate that the majority of buildings damaged in Wayne were businesses. Fawl says three farmhouses in Antelope County were also damaged, but it wasn't immediately clear whether they were hit by a tornado.

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