With hail the size of baseballs taking siding off homes and destroying cars in parts of the state, Adams County may have been spared the brunt of Tuesday’s storms. However, there are varying degrees of damage across numerous areas.
Mike Moritz from the The National Weather Service in Hastings says the storms played out as expected north of Grand Island in the moderate risk zone. In their coverage area, there were more than 50 reports of wind and hail. In Hastings, the worst conditions experienced were outflow winds from the storms that reached 70 miles per hour.
“I think in one sense it was a really good forecast, although in another sense the further south you go, it wasn’t quite on target,” Moritz says. “At least you can say you didn’t get any severe weather in some cases, and that’s ok.”
Mortitz is on the road with two survey teams today to look at the after effects of the storms in South Central Nebraska. They’ll focus on areas where tornado reports and radar observed circulations support potential tornadic activity, including parts of Valley, Greeley, Nance, Howard, Sherman, Merrick and Polk counties.
“Central City, north of Hampton, in the St. Paul area…you’re talking a lot of pivots, grain bins, a lot of tree damage. North Loup in Valley County had a lot of tree damage,” according to Moritz. “It’s pretty widespread and covers a pretty large area in general.”
In Hamilton County, a roof was reportedly ripped off a house and empty coal cars flipped over. The Grand Island area saw golf ball sized hail, but Norfolk saw even bigger hailstones, with baseball-sized hail recorded across the city and surrounding areas
By Jeniffer Berry, KHAS, Hastings