It was yet another night of zap, crash, boom — as more heavy thunderstorms rumbled across Nebraska, spinning off two possible tornadoes along with heavy rain and in some areas, golf ball-sized hail.
The Butler County Sheriff says it looks like tornado damage to him, after driving through the town of Ulysses in east-central Nebraska. There’s tree and power line damage, flipped irrigation pivots and damaged or destroyed farm buildings. Meanwhile, in the southwest, another tornado was spotted in Chase County, near Wauneta. There are no reports of any injuries.
Forecasters say Nebraska’s in a foul-weather pattern. Scott Durgin, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Valley, says another storm system will form this afternoon, with the potential for more hail, heavy rain and possible tornadoes, ending perhaps by 8 or 9 o’clock tonight.
“However, more storms are likely to fire up behind that initial line of storms and the second band would bring us a lot of heavy rain, potentially,” Durgin says. Much of the state is under flood or flash flood watches or warnings.
Durgin urges Nebraskans to keep tuned to local media outlets, monitor the weather and have a plan in place if you need to take cover.