At Least 2 Tornadoes Monday Evening

...AT LEAST TWO TORNADOES IN EASTERN NEBRASKA AND WESTERN IOWA
MONDAY EVENING...

STORM SURVEY CREWS WILL ASSESS THE DAMAGE TUESDAY.

ONE TORNADO WAS CONFIRMED NEAR EAGLE NEBRASKA IN SOUTHWESTERN CASS
COUNTY AROUND 445 PM. EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS REPORTED
EIGHT INJURIES WITH THIS TORNADO...5 INJURIES IN ONE VEHICLE WHEN
AN OUTBUILDING BLEW INTO A CAR...AND 3 INJURIES WHEN A TREE FELL
ON A TRUCK.

THE SECOND TORNADO WAS REPORTED AROUND 600 PM NEAR AND JUST WEST
AND NORTH OF MISSOURI VALLEY IN HARRISON COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL
IOWA. 54 EMPTY GRAIN CARS WERE TIPPED OR PUSHED OFF THE TRACKS
ABOUT 3 MILES SOUTH OF MODALE...AND A COUPLE OF SEMIS WERE
OVERTURNED ON INTERSTATE 29.

THE STORM THAT CAUSED THESE TWO TORNADOES BEGAN SHOWING SIGNS OF
ROTATION SOUTH OF LINCOLN NEAR THE LANCASTER AND CASS COUNTY LINE.
THE STORM RACED NORTHEAST AT 50 TO 60 MPH PRODUCING THE FIRST
CONFIRMED TORNADO NEAR EAGLE NEBRASKA AROUND 445 PM. AS THE STORM
MOVED THROUGH THE OMAHA METRO AREA IT BECAME LESS ORGANIZED.
HAIL...STRONG WINDS...AND A WALL CLOUD WERE REPORTED ACROSS THE
METRO AREA. THE STORM INTENSIFIED AGAIN AS IT MOVED NORTHEAST OF
THE OMAHA METRO...DROPPING THE SECOND TORNADO NEAR MISSOURI VALLEY
AROUND 600 PM. THE STORM THEN WEAKENED CONSIDERABLY AS IT MOVED
INTO NORTHERN HARRISON AND SOUTHEAST MONONA COUNTIES.

STORM SURVEY CREWS WILL BE OUT TUESDAY MORNING TO ASSESS THE
DAMAGE...TRACK AND INTENSITY OF BOTH TORNADOES. A REPORT OF THE
FINDINGS WILL BE ISSUED LATER IN THE DAY TUESDAY.

ANOTHER POSSIBLE TORNADO OCCURRED IN EASTERN MONTGOMERY COUNTY IN
SOUTHWEST IOWA...5 MILES NORTHWEST OF VILLISCA AROUND 800 PM.
DAMAGE TO OUTBUILDINGS...GRAIN BINS...TREES AND LIVESTOCK NEAR
VIKING LAKE WAS REPORTED AROUND 800 PM. RADAR INDICATED A POSSIBLE
TORNADO NEAR THIS LOCATION...AND A TORNADO WARNING WAS IN EFFECT
AT THE TIME. SURVEY CREWS WILL ALSO BE ASSESSING THE DAMAGE IN
THIS AREA TO DETERMINE IF THE DAMAGE WAS RELATED TO A TORNADO OR
STRAIGHT LINE WINDS. AGAIN...THEIR FINDINGS WILL BE REPORTED LATE
IN THE DAY ON TUESDAY.

...MORE INFORMATION REGARDING TORNADOES MONDAY AFTERNOON/EVENING
ACROSS SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA AND SOUTHWEST IOWA...updated 120 pm Tue Mar 24

PRELIMINARY STORM DAMAGE REPORTS FROM NWS DAMAGE ASSESSMENT TEAMS
RELAYED BACK TO THE NWS OFFICE IN VALLEY/OMAHA INDICATED...

IN SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA...
AT LEAST 2 TORNADOES WERE CONFIRMED IN THE EAGLE AREA.  ONE BRIEFLY
TOUCHED DOWN AROUND A MILE SOUTH OF EAGLE DESTROYING A GARAGE AND
BLOWING DEBRIS ACROSS A NEARBY ROAD HITTING A CAR CAUSING IT ROLL
RESULTING IN 5 INJURIES.  THIS TORNADO THEN LIFTED BUT THE PARENT
THUNDERSTORM SPAWNED ANOTHER TORNADO IN EAGLE CAUSING TREE TOP AND
ROOF AND SHINGLE DAMAGE.  THE PATH OF EACH OF THESE TORNADOES WAS
NARROW...AROUND 50 YARDS...AND BOTH WERE GIVEN A PRELIMINARY EF1
RATING.

IN SOUTHWEST IOWA...
A TORNADO TOUCHED ABOUT 2 MILES WEST OF MISSOURI VALLEY IOWA
WHERE IT CAUSED SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE TO A FARM HOUSE AND DESTROYED 7
OUTBUILDINGS AT ANOTHER FARMSTEAD 1/4 MILE TO THE WEST. ONE HALF
MILE SOUTH OF THE OUTBUILDING DAMAGE IS WHERE 54 EMPTY RAIL CARS
WERE FLIPPED OR ROLLED. THE TORNADO CONTINUED JUST ABOUT STRAIGHT
NORTH FOR ABOUT 9 MILES BEFORE LIFTING.  THE HOUSE...FLIPPED RAIL
CARS AND DAMAGE TO TREES IN THE AREA BROUGHT A PRELIMINARY RATING OF
EF2 TO THIS TORNADO...ALTHOUGH MOST OF THE DAMAGE ALONG ITS PATH WAS
EF0 OR EF1.  NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED FROM THIS STORM.

THESE WERE PRELIMINARY REPORTS FROM THE STORM SURVEY CREWS. THIS
STATEMENT WILL BE UPDATED WITH MORE DETAILED INFORMATION WHEN THE
TEAMS RETURN LATER TUESDAY AFTERNOON.

 



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