Video Update: High Winds, Hail Cause Damage To School and Homes

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Some areas of Nebraska were left cleaning up after a storm blew through the state Monday night.

Channel 6 News was in the area of North Bend Tuesday morning surveying the damage. A number of irrigation pivots were flipped over.

About four miles west of North Bend, a Union Pacific train derailed during the storm. About two dozen rail cars were blown off the tracks.

Nearby in a small community that sits right along the Platte River, two people were injured when a mobile home was flipped off of its foundation. Renee Harder and Jim Melichar were inside when the storm hit. Harder was transported to the Fremont Area Medical Center with minor injuries.

Elsewhere, Darrin Lewis, Director of Emergency Management for Buffalo County and Kearney said no injuries were reported during the storm in his part of the state.

Golf ball size hail, heavy rain and 70 mile per hour winds ripped through the area around 9 p.m.

Lewis said as far as damage, the most impacted was a five block area near University of Nebraska - Kearney campus.

On campus, the roof of the Fine Arts building is reportedly peeled back. Several dorms are also damaged. The UNK Library is closed Tuesday because of storm damage.

According to Lewis, the roof of a mobile home in Kearney blew off and was laying in the street near 15th and Rail Road.

There were some reports of flooding in homes, tree damage and fallen trees. Tree debris litters several streets. Much of the damage from the storm is in the western part of town.

NPPD crews are working to restore electricity, 1700 customers were without power at the height of the outage.

As of 9 a.m., 990 customers were in the dark. Most of those customers were in the Kearney area.


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