Damage is being assessed in several Nebraska counties after as many as five tornadoes, perhaps more, skipped across the state over the weekend.
The National Weather Service says it has confirmed three twisters touching down on Saturday afternoon near Oxford in Harlan County, another near Byron in Nuckolls County and a third hit near Deshler in Thayer County.
At least two other tornadoes are NOT confirmed near Cook and North Platte.
Clint Strayhorn, the Emergency Management Director for Johnson County, says the one that hit near Cook was on the ground for about four miles and there’s widely spread damage in a few areas.
“We have one dwelling that is destroyed and we’ve got several barns, several grain bins, trees and branches, power lines down, things of that sort, but nobody injured,” Strayhorn says.
There’s significant hail and water damage at the Faith Regional Health Services hospital in Norfork.
The emergency department was flooded with at least four feet of water that filled the hallways and treatment rooms. When the water receeded, large chunks of ice, big clumps of hail, were left behind.
Hospital staff were able to shuffle patients to other areas of the hospital that weren’t affected. Damage at the hospital is still being assessed.
(Thanks to Matthew Leaf, KTNC, Falls City)