There were more than 33 severe weather warnings, 16 of which were tornado warnings covering our listening area Wednesday afternoon into the evening. The National Weather Service issued warnings for Mitchell, Jewell, Lincoln, Smith, Osborne, Cloud, Ottawa, and Republic counties.
Several of those warnings included tornado confirmations. Lincoln was hit by a tornado at 2:40pm and Barnard at 2:46pm. Damage was reported in Lincoln and the St. John’s Lutheran cemetery had headstones and trees damaged there. Officials report damage to an outbuilding at an electric company on the east edge of Lincoln.
Lance Bergmann of Beloit was headed north on K-14 near Lincoln, noticed hail coming down and pulled into the St. John’s Lutheran Church parking lot when he noticed the tornado.
Bergmann tells KDNS where it was headed after that.
Lincoln County Emergency Manager David Dohe goes through the extent of the damage near Lincoln.
Up into Jewell County, at about 3:35pm a tornado was confirmed eight miles west of Ionia. Twenty-two minutes later, a tornado was confirmed in Esbon.
We have reports that a house and farmstead were completely destroyed in Burr Oak by the tornado. NTV in Nebraska is reporting that a woman was injured and transported from Burr Oak to a hospital in Kearney. Another home was damaged a mile south of Formoso.
Four inches of rain in Esbon and seven inches of rain were recorded in Burr Oak. Seven inches near Ionia. Rock Hills USD 107 is not in session due to the tornado’s impact on Jewell County. Eight miles north of Mankato nine inches of rain was recorded.
Nearly eight inches of rain ten miles north of Downs.
Over an hour later at 5:07pm, a tornado was confirmed one mile north of Scottsville. The tornado was on the ground for at least ten minutes according to the reports we have received.
Three miles west of Jamestown a tornado was spotted about five minutes after the confirmation near Scottsville.
Paula Jones of Jamestown first noticed swirling in the clouds hanging down while driving near Scottsville. Jones says when the tornado actually touched down she was watching from her house.
Jones says this isn’t the first time a tornado has come by.
A tornado in Scandia was spotted soon after that and received damage along with Courtland. KWCH reports Five homes, Scandia feedlot as many as 150 head of cattle were killed, Neskia Energy Ethanol plant were all damaged. Four inches of rain fell in Courtland.
Raymond Raney, Republic County Emergency Preparedness Director, confirms the report to KDNS.
The latest tornado information we have was at 8:42pm a confirmed tornado was located near Minneapolis and moving northeast at 40 miles per hour. Law enforcement confirmed it four miles south of Minneapolis.
In Smith County, Lebanon saw heavy rainfall with five inches recorded.
Areas of Nebraska with confirmed tornadoes were Deshler, Shickley, Chester, and Byron.