Severe thunderstorm winds or a tornado destroyed two buildings north of U.S. Highway 77 and Sargent Road in Beatrice last night. One building, located just east of Colleen’s Catering, was demolished, collapsing on two tractors and a small sport utility vehicle parked inside. Just south of that location, tin and lumber from another building was blown to the southeast, with debris scattered about 300 yards into a field.
Gage County Chief Deputy Sheriff Doug Klaus says sheriff’s deputy Brandon Schley observed what appeared to be a funnel just north of Beatrice.
“It moved in an easterly, southeasterly direction and then a little bit south of Hickory and east of Beatrice,” Deputy Sheriff Klaus says. “Then, he observed it had touched down for a brief period of time and it continued to move more in an easterly direction and then south.”
“Then it kind of broke apart at that point. We had some damage over by Virginia on some of the country roads and one resident said he had some windows broke out at his location,” Klaus continues.
A tornado warning was issued for Gage County last night at around 9:45 pm. In the town of Filley, Dave Norton of First State Bank says some tree damage was done by the severe weather, but more severe damage from hail occurred about two miles north of the community. He said there was significant damage in the Virginia area, about three miles north of the town.
A Police department spokesperson said there was a garage blown over by high winds about two miles south of Wilber. No injuries have been reported.
By Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice