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Hazy skies due to smoke from Canadian wildfires

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Hazy skies are covering most of Nebraska. National Weather Service – Valley Meteorologist Josh Boustead says that is smoke from Canadian wildfires. How long it will remain depends on several factors. Boustead says, “One is how long they last. They are quite large so we don’t expect that to end anytime soon but also it […]

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Summer’s here, time to take threat of lightning much more seriously

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This first week of summer is Lightning Safety Awareness Week, as summertime is the peak season for lightning and Nebraskans are being reminded about the dangers and how to take precautions. Meteorologist Mindy Beerends, at the National Weather Service, says lightning strikes kill about 50 people nationwide every year. While some Nebraskans like to sit […]

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Summer arrives June 21st, take precautions & keep cool

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Summer will arrive this coming weekend and along with the fun in the sun many Nebraskans have planned, they’re reminded heat kills more Americans each year than hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes and floods combined. Meteorologist Kelsey Angle, at the National Weather Service, says it’s been cooler lately, but don’t be fooled. “Temperatures will be increasing as […]

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Pilger celebrates recovery this weekend

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They call it a Celebration of Rebuilding, Resilience, and Recovery for all who helped Pilger pick up the pieces after a devastating tornado a year ago. The weekend celebration gets under this afternoon as Midwest Bank breaks ground at its new location at 2nd and Main Street in downtown Pilger. A community picnic will be […]

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Water levels dropping but threats from flooding remain high

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Emergency management officials in central and western Nebraska are keeping a close watch on water levels along the Platte River as recent rains have pushed the waterway out of its banks in many areas. Darrin Lewis, emergency management director for Buffalo County, says the threat is still there. “Emergency management has been out checking the […]

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Feds do damage assessment in 10 counties after severe storms

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The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency is requesting the Federal Emergency Management Agency work with NEMA and local emergency managers on joint damage assessments in ten southeast Nebraska counties. Those counties sustained heavy rain, hail, wind and flood damage from tornadoes and severe storms between May 3rd and May 11th. The counties are: Gage, Saline, Jefferson, […]

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Stormy Friday and Saturday forecast

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Right on schedule, storms are starting to pop up in Nebraska today.   Jim Meyer is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Valley and says it appears the most severe weather will be in the central part of the state. He says the storms today will be sporadic. Meyer says, “We are basically in […]

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First flood-related death reported in Fairbury area

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Rescuers in Jefferson County have found the body of an 86-year-old woman in her flooded basement near Fairbury. A search was conducted starting early Thursday for the body of Betty McMullen of rural Fairbury who had been missing. The Jefferson County sheriff says the search started around the woman’s flood-surrounded home, but had to be […]

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Flooded farmers may be forced to replant, weekend weather is key

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Many acres of farmland in Saline and Jefferson counties are underwater after this week’s heavy rains, particularly the downpours that came along with severe weather on Wednesday. Saline County Extension Educator Randy Pryor says the extent of damage to the newly planted crops will be known next week. “Seeds that are sitting there underwater that […]

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Flooding prompts evacuations with more rain in the forecast

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Residents in 169 homes in the west part of Fairbury were evacuated yesterday because of rising floodwaters.  The 110 residents live in homes located west of railroad tracks.  The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency reports 26 people were housed at the American Lutheran Church. Endicott evacuated a brick yard manufacturing facility. In Saline County, Dewitt had […]

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Gov. Ricketts observes storm damage, declares emergency

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Gov. Pete Ricketts got a first-hand, aerial view of the damage left in the wake of the tornado that hit Roseland Wednesday evening. Ricketts flew over the area in a State Highway Patrol helicopter, observing damage not only to Roseland, but also Hebron and Deshler. Ricketts saw the damage in and around Roseland as a […]

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Floodwaters close numerous roads in Nebraska

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Flooding brought on by the severe weather which roared through Nebraska has made a number of highways impassable this morning. The Nebraska Department of Roads and the Nebraska State Patrol closed several highways due to high water. Both NDOR and NSP remind motorists not to drive around road closure barricades or attempt to driver through […]

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Tornado swipes Roseland, at least 13 homes damaged or destroyed

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Residents and first responders are on clean-up duty after a tornado tore through the small village of Roseland yesterday afternoon in south-central Nebraska’s Adams County. Fire chief Randy Klein said three homes were destroyed and another ten others were damaged in the storm. Thankfully, Chief Klein says, no one was seriously hurt. “We can rebuild […]

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Severe weather hits Nebraska, tornado does damage

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Another round of severe weather hit Nebraska Wednesday evening, with one confirmed tornado touching down in Adams County, southwest of Hastings. Radar indicated other tornadoes in southeast Nebraska. The city of Lincoln sounded the tornado sirens shortly after 8:30pm when skies seemed extremely threatening. The tornado in Adams County damaged some homes and outer buildings […]

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Rough weather rumbles through state, more to come

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A weak tornado touched down near the Gage-Lancaster County line last night during severe thunderstorms that brought hail, heavy rain and high winds. The twister was reported near the towns of Cortland and Adams, but there are no reports of any serious damage. Brian Miller, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service, says the biggest […]

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