A storm survey team from the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Hastings surveyed the damage from one of two tornadoes in the Kearney area. The tornado surveyed initially touched down in Phelps County approximately four miles south of Odessa around 5:20 pm CDT. The tornado damaged a farmstead approximately one mile east of the Funk Odessa Road. Outbuildings and silos sustained the most damage. The tornado was the strongest at this initial point and was rated an EF2.
The tornado ’skipped’ along as it tracked to the east northeast into Kearney County and then into Buffalo County. The tornado weakened as it moved to the east northeast and damaged pipes and billboard signs along Interstate 80. This damage was rated as EF0. The tornado had a path length of 14 miles, a path width of 100 yards, and had an overall rating of EF2. There were no deaths or injuries from this tornado.
A description of the EF scale can be found here.
A second tornado struck the city of Kearney. Multiple tornadoes touched down across south central Nebraska and north Central Kansas with preliminary reports of these additional tornadoes located in Hall, Osborne, Hamilton, Thayer, Jewell, Mitchell, and Rooks Counties. NWS damage survey teams will be dispatched to survey the tornado damage on Friday and our website will be updated when further information is available.
The following map depicts the path of the tornado surveyed in Phelps, Kearney and Buffalo Counties.
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