Damage assessment teams from the National Weather Service are fanning out across a wide section of south-central Nebraska after another round of severe weather.
Reports say as many as nine tornadoes touched down Wednesday afternoon and evening in the Interstate 80 corridor.
There are multiple reports of damage to trees, homes and businesses but no reports of any serious injuries.
Tornadoes were thought to have touched down in Clay, Hamilton and York counties. A twister was reported near Comstock in Custer County, staying on the ground for a half-mile. Another tornado was reported near Bartlett in Wheeler County.
Spotters near O’Neill report several center pivots were overturned and large trees were uprooted with winds clocked at 70 miles an hour.
Flash flooding Wednesday night near Broken Bow washed out a bridge on the Callaway Road. Some areas report more than three inches of rain during the day, along with large hail from one to two inches in diameter.
On the plus side, forecasters say the pattern of severe weather should be shifting away from Nebraska by later today and into Friday.
Another plus, all of the rain is helping to end the drought that’s held a stranglehold on the state for well over a year.
The latest report from the U.S. Drought Monitor finds about 7% of Nebraska is now out of the drought, an area in the southeast corner of the state. The rest of the state is still under the drought, but it’s lessening in severity.
Portions of far western Nebraska are still in the category of extreme or exceptional drought.