Tornado activity heavy in June
Posted: 06/18/14 08:38
There was no break for Nebraska in the wake of the deadly Monday tornadoes. Last night he National Weather Service says it received reports of several tornadoes after a severe storm system tracked across the northern Plains. Meteorologists in the North Platte office said radar, spotter reports and pictures show that three tornadoes touched down in Cherry and Hooker counties. The Weather Service had received reports of a semi-trailer overturned and a car that rolled over in the area. No injuries were reported. Tornadoes were also reported in the northeastern part of the state, near the South Dakota border and some farmsteads were damaged.
New details this morning about the tornado that ripped through Pilger on Monday. It has been rated an E-F 4 storm with wind speeds of 166 to 200 miles per hour. The parallel tornado you've seen in the pictures was an E-F 2. Sheriff Mike Unger says 45 to 50 homes were destroyed in the town. Two fatalities have been confirmed-5 year old Calista Dixon. Her brother says their mother is in a medically induced coma in Omaha. Cody Murphree released a statement yesterday saying 42-year-old Kandi Murphree, was being treated after the tornado destroyed their mobile home in Pilger. 74-year-old David A. Herout of Clarkson was also killed. He was ejected from his car on a county road approximately 2.5 miles east of Pilger. Those two fatalities are the first tornado deaths in Nebraska in 10 years.
Gov. Dave Heineman has ordered 20 Nebraska National Guardsmen to state active duty. They will support the Emergency Management Agency as it works with local and county incident commanders and emergency management officials to determine areas of greatest need. Heineman said Nebraska has seen its fair share of natural disasters. And after seeing the destruction left in the wake of twin tornadoes that hit Pilger, he reflected on a turbulent year. Heineman says he's encouraged by the response of Nebraskans and those across the nation. The Red Cross is already helping, with shelters set up for residents who've been displaced. Starting this morning they will be accepting volunteers. If you or someone you know is ready and able to help, report to the Wisner-Pilger Junior/Senior High School on the west edge of Wisner beginning today. You must have photo I-D. Volunteers who arrive in Pilger will be turned away, you must report to Wisner. The Red Cross adds that there is nowhere to hold donations of goods at this time, financial donations can be made at any Midwest Bank branch.