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Tornadoes Force State of Emergency in Nebraska

Posted by feww on June 17, 2014


Massive Twin Twisters Destroy Homes, Damage Multiple Towns in NE, IA

Massive twin tornadoes swept Nebraska, killing at least one, injuring dozens, 16 critically,  and causing substantial damage to at least four towns in Nebraska, according to various reports.

The powerful super-cell storm system spawning the tornadoes has since headed into northwestern Iowa.

“The towns of Pilger [population: ~ 400] and Stanton had suffered damage and emergency officials were searching for survivors, said Al Vacanti, city administrator for the nearby town of Wisner,” reported Reuters.

“Pilger is totally destroyed. We’re heading there to help out,” said Cathy Ruppert, wife of Stanton council member Mike Ruppert. She did not know whether there were injuries.

“A hospital spokeswoman says at least one person is dead and 16 others are in critical condition after two massive tornadoes swept through northeast Nebraska,” AP reported.

“This is one powerful storm that moved across our area and we do believe there is still a threat for strong, severe thunderstorms including the potential for tornadoes,” said a meteorologist at National Weather Service in Omaha.

News release submitted by NE governor’s office:

Tornadoes Hit Stanton, Cuming and Wayne Counties

Several northeast Nebraska communities have been affected by tornadoes and high winds this evening, leaving areas with severe damage. Emergency responders are working in Pilger, Wisner and Stanton conducting searches for people trapped under debris.

Nebraska Emergency Management Agency has had reports of damage from local emergency managers in both Cuming and Wayne Counties.

The State Emergency Operations Center is activated at NEMA. The Nebraska State Patrol and American Red Cross are working with NEMA staff at the SEOC Nebraska Department of Roads staff in the field.

NE Gov. has declared a state of emergency and deployed the national guard.

Nebraska State Patrol has closed off the town of Pilger. No one is being allowed in or out. Norfolk Police Captain said damage was extensive, resources are in place to help, and they’re asking volunteers to stay away so first responders can do their jobs.

The storm Prediction Center (SPC) at NWS  has received 20 tornado reports in NE and IA as posting.


US Weather Hazmap

weather hazmap 17jun14
Source: NWS. Update map…


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