Strong thunderstorms move across eastern Nebraska; tornado reported in Panhandle

Strong thunderstorms, some of them severe, moved east Friday morning across eastern Nebraska into western Iowa.

The strongest storms were mainly along and south of Interstate 80 in southeast Nebraska.

The National Weather Service office in Valley said the storms stretched from the Nebraska-South Dakota line south to the Nebraska-Kansas border, with the heaviest action from about the Lincoln area south to the Kansas line.

Ryan McPike, a KMTV meteorologist, said computer models Thursday put the brunt of the storm system in northern Nebraska. Early Friday, he said, the storm system ended up developing farther south, well into Nebraska and south of I-80.

Meanwhile, the Associated Press reported that property owners have been clearing away debris and making repairs on buildings damaged by what’s been described as a tornado in the Nebraska Panhandle.

The twister was reported around 5:20 p.m. MDT Thursday near Broadwater. The weather service said people and emergency personnel have reported power lines and trees down and outbuildings and roofs damaged. No injuries have been reported.

Straight-line winds also are suspected of blowing over a semitrailer truck in Alden.

Another tornado was reported around 9 p.m. about 7 miles north of Wallace. Egg-size hail was reported near Ogallala and Lewellen.

Area rainfall totals in inches for the 24 hours ending at 7:30 a.m. Friday, according to the weather service:

Albion, .55; Beatrice, .39; Blair, .44; Columbus, .51; Falls City, .02; Fremont, .33; Lincoln, .44; Nebraska City, .14; Norfolk, .39; Offutt Air Force Base, .20; Eppley Airfield, .29; Florence, .30; Millard, .41; Plattsmouth, .33; Tekamah, .19; Valley, .36; Wahoo, .23; Wayne, .70; Council Bluffs, .31; Harlan, .18; Shenandoah, .04.

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