Forecaster Cathy Zapotocny says one tornado was indicated two miles northeast of Lincoln, but no twisters were confirmed in Saline or Gage counties.
She says it’s possible the storm line that dropped south packed winds in the 80 to 100 mile-per-hour range.
Forward and rear downdrafts from severe thunderstorms can mean high wind speeds that do a lot of damage. Zapotocny says survey teams look at three main factors in evaluating the severe weather.
Zapotocny says it can take several days to determine exactly the type of storms that did the damage. Despite the widespread damage across southern Nebraska, no fatalities were reported and only minor injuries.
The National Weather Service says preliminary information indicated there were two tornadoes in the Bellevue area Friday night. One touched down just after 8 p.m. near Willow Lakes Golf Course. It lifted about 20 minutes later near Champions Village and was on the ground for about 3 miles. The twister was rated an EF-1 with wind speeds of up to 110 miles-per-hour.
A second twister touched down just west of Offutt Air Base, moving southeast before it dissipated at the Missouri River. It was rated an EF-2, with wind speeds up to 135 miles per hour and was on the ground for over 9 miles.
Story & photos by Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice