Thunderstorms which dumped heavy hailstones and spawned tornadoes in eastern Nebraska developed quickly and moved slowly.
Meteorologist Becky Kern with the National Weather Service in Omaha/Valley says the thunderstorms Monday afternoon scattered across the southeastern region of the state, pelting Lincoln with large hailstones, high winds, and at least one reported tornado.
The Weather Service has confirmed an EF2 tornado hit Nehawka. Weather Service personnel are surveying damage in Lincoln, which got hit hardest by large hail and flash flooding.
Kern says another, less severe storm, is developing in central South Dakota and should drop down into central Nebraska this afternoon.
“That’s going to spread east with the entire system through the overnight hours,” Kern tells Nebraska Radio Network. “Some severe weather is expected overnight, not crazy like yesterday, but we could have some hail and damaging winds along with heavy rain and then the rain is going to continue into the day Wednesday before exiting the area Wednesday night.”
Kern says the quick development of the storm on Monday and its severity should remind Nebraskans to not take severe weather lightly and to take precautions to insure their safety. Kern says forecasters work very hard to get warnings out as soon as possible.
“Sometimes Mother Nature can get the best of us and we don’t want to be caught off guard, especially those folks that have kids that are getting out of school and maybe walking home. Track meets might be in progress. The organizers need to stay ahead of these things as well and have a contingency plan in place to get people to safety,” Kern says.
This afternoon, thunderstorms are expected to form in central Nebraska and move east. It isn’t expected to bring as severe of weather, but could bring in strong winds and some more hail.