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Federal aid could offset livestock losses from tornadoes (AUDIO)

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Livestock producers affected by the tornadoes in the Pilger area could receive some disaster assistance from the federal government. The Pilger tornado destroyed houses and businesses. It also hit livestock producers as well. Sen. Mike Johanns has met with producers in wake of the tornado. “They’ve got dead livestock. We’ve got to somehow figure out […] Read More »

Sen. Johanns: This has really been a tough week for northeast Nebraska (AUDIO)

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Sen. Mike Johanns has toured a Nebraska community hit hard by tornadoes and it reminds him of a devastating tornado ten years ago. “This has really been a tough week for northeast Nebraska,” Johanns tells Nebraska reporters during a conference call after his tour of the destruction left in the wake of an EF-4 tornado […] Read More »

Volunteers descend on Pilger to help in first step to recovery

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Nearly two thousand volunteers have descended on Pilger to help with the clean up after an EF-4 tornado destroyed up to three-quarters of the small community in northeast Nebraska. The devastation hit Erica Hanton of Omaha hard. She grew up in Pilger. “I spent a lot of my childhood here in Pilger. Every day, in […] Read More »

Gov. Heineman: Hardly anything is left in Pilger (AUDIO)

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Gov. Dave Heineman toured a devastated community and said recovery for Pilger has just begun. Heineman traveled to the small northeast Nebraska community of Pilger to observe first-hand the damage done by twin tornadoes. “It’s total devastation, massive damage, unbelievable damage,” Heineman told Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate […] Read More »

Presidential disaster declaration granted for earlier storm

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Federal officials have notified the state a request for a presidential disaster declaration has been granted for the parts of Nebraska hit by a May 11th storm system that produced strong thunderstorms, including tornadoes. Gov. Dave Heineman and the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency requested the declaration in wake of widespread damage to public infrastructure, homes, […] Read More »

Authorities release identity of victims killed in northeast Nebraska storms

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Authorities have released the identities of the two killed in Monday afternoon’s tornadoes. Stanton County Sheriff Mike Unger says five-year-old Calista Dixon was killed when the tornadoes struck the village of Pilger. The Cuming County Sheriff’s office reports that 74-year-old David Herout of Clarkson was killed in a one-vehicle accident east of Pilger. Officials believe […] Read More »

Twin tornadoes kill two, destory much of northeast Nebraska town

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Two people have been killed, much of the small community of Pilger gone, in wake of twin tornadoes that tore through the town in northeast Nebraska. One of the two killed was a five-year-old. Nearly 20 people suffered injuries in the storms; some serious. Stanton County Sheriff Mike Unger reports the first tornado touched down […] Read More »

Former state senator surveys tornado damage (VIDEO)

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Two deaths and nearly two dozen people injured after Monday’s twin tornadoes hit Stanton County. Former State Senator Mike Flood from Norfolk rushed to Pilger after the storms and saw ambulances a mile long waiting to get into the community to transport those injured to hospitals. Flood says victims were rushed to Faith Regional Health […] Read More »

Twin twisters cause heavy damage in Pilger, 2 dead, 20 hurt

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An adult and a five-year-old were reportedly killed and at least 20 people were hurt, some critically, when two tornadoes struck the Stanton County town of Pilger yesterday afternoon. The northeast Nebraska community of about 350 has severe damage to multiple buildings, including the fire station. Reports say the twin twisters touched down within about a […] Read More »

T-Storms, tornado warnings for eastern Nebraska

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Severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings targeted at least a dozen counties in eastern Nebraska Monday morning. Those storms were packed with large hail and heavy rain.    National Weather Service – Valley Meteorologist David Eastlack says eastern Nebraska is in the moderate category for severe weather this afternoon and evening as well. He says later today […] Read More »

Severe weather Saturday

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Another round of very severe weather is targeting Nebraska. Brian Miller is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Valley and says there may be a few storms Saturday morning but nothing severe. He says as the day goes on a warm front and cold front will likely collide bringing the possibility of severe […] Read More »

Corn crops in NE Nebraska 30-70% lost due to hail

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Damage is still being assessed from the severe weather that swept across eastern Nebraska a week ago today. In addition to tornadoes, high winds, heavy rain and flash flooding, large hail wiped out some crops, particularly in the northeast corner of the state. Randy Guill, director of the Madison County Farm Service Agency, says he’s […] Read More »

Insurance claims mount after Tuesday’s violent weather

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The largest insurer of homes and vehicles in Nebraska and Iowa is making staffing adjustments to help customers in both states after Tuesday’s storms. Ann Avery, a spokeswoman for State Farm, says the number of insurance claims is adding up quickly due to the hail, high winds and flash flooding. “It’s the kind of damage […] Read More »

Storm Damage in Gage County

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Severe thunderstorm winds or a tornado destroyed two buildings north of U.S. Highway 77 and Sargent Road in Beatrice  last night. One building, located just east of Colleen’s Catering, was demolished, collapsing on two tractors and a small sport utility vehicle parked inside. Just south of that location, tin and lumber from another building was […] Read More »

Series of storms strike – major damage – brave rescues

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The morning after Tuesday’s storms is still bitter pill for many in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa. A series of severe storms pounded the area well into Wednesday morning. The worst damage is in Washington County. Baseball to softball sized hail hammered the area destroying roofs, stripping paint from homes, breaking windows and wiping out […] Read More »