What was supposed to be a 20-percent chance of showers on Monday afternoon ended up being very severe weather in southeast Nebraska. The National Weather Service confirms a tornado touched down briefly near Thompson.
Jefferson County Emergency Manager John McKee says the twister landed in an isolated area. McKee says there will be crop damage from the hail but the tornado touched down in an open pasture and did no damage.
The same system then moved into Washington and Marshall counties in Kansas, with much the same results.
The storm generated hail up to two-inches in diameter. Another storm in eastern Nebraska dropped up to two-inches of rain and caused a lot of tree damage and power outages in the Lincoln area. One report clocked wind gusts near 80 miles an hour.
Thanks to Stan Smith, KUTT/KGMT, Fairbury