A team from the National Weather Service is examining storm damage in southeast Nebraska’s Otoe County, trying to determine if it was caused by a tornado on Tuesday afternoon.
Otoe County emergency management coordinator Gregg Goebel says the severe weather started at about 4:30 P-M and some damage was done south of Nebraska City, near the towns of Paul and Lorton.
“We had a couple of farmsteads that took structural damage, building damage, corn cribs, sheds, shingles on roofs, a lot of crops were laid down, corn and beans, trees down in that area,” he says. While there were no reports of a tornado, several spotters were in the area. Very heavy rain was falling, leading to the possibility there was a rain-wrapped tornado.
He says weather service experts will be examining the damage.
“They’re going to the reported sites and driving the damage path area and doing their assessment,” he says.
There were no reports of injuries. The storms brought heavy rain, high winds, flash flooding and hail.
By Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice