This day in weather history for September 18...

- In 1986...The first of 3 tornadoes, and the strongest, touched down 7 miles west of Republic Kansas and moved north to Hardy, Nebraska. Farms in Kansas lost barns, but most of the damage was done within the first mile after entering Nebraska. Ten homes and businesses were destroyed at Hardy, and 100 buildings were damaged. Seven people were also reported injured. The second tornado set down 6 miles north of Inavale, moving northeast for 2 miles. On its short-lived path, a barn was destroyed and outbuildings damaged. The third tornado struck at 1028 pm and moved northeast from southwest of Trumbull. Windows were blown out of a house and many monuments at a cemetery were toppled.

- In 1996...Lightning struck the television antenna of a home in Campbell Nebraska just after 3 AM. The strike started a fire in the attic, and several appliances and the furnace were damaged.

- In 2007...Thunderstorms producing hail, high winds and heavy rain pounded a part of south central Nebraska. The thunderstorms were most intense along the U.S. Highway 81 corridor from York to Hebron. In York, very heavy rain flooded some streets, including the Lincoln Avenue underpass. A few cars were temporarily stranded in the high water. To the south, it was not just heavy rain in Fillmore County. The Emergency Manager reported a funnel cloud for a brief time east of Geneva. Dime to quarter size hail fell on the west side of Geneva and 60 mph winds befell the Ohiowa area.

 

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