It now appears a total of nine tornadoes touched down in Nebraska during the weekend storms. That total could rise as the National Weather Service reviews other reports of tornadoes in the state.
Even as the total of confirmed tornadoes grows in Nebraska, it is dwarfed by the totals recorded elsewhere in the Great Plains. Forecasters with the National Weather Service say 75 tornadoes struck Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa Saturday and Sunday. Kansas recorded the highest number of tornadoes.
The weather service reports the most severe damage in Nebraska occurred in the southeastern corner of the state. Storms destroyed homes in Johnson County and did significant damage to an orchard in the Nebraska City area. Harlan County, in south-central Nebraska, reported damage to grain bins from the storms. In Madison County, the Faith Regional Health Services Hospital in Norfolk reported significant hail and water damage from the storms.