At least one person is dead and another 19 injured after two massive tornadoes hit the US state of Nebraska.The tornadoes shattered the town of Pilger, about 100 miles northwest of Omaha.
The National weather service said dual tornadoes touched down within roughly 1.6 kilometers of each other. Jerry Weatherholt, Stanton county commissioner, said half the town is damaged.
“More than half of the town is gone, absolutely gone.The co-op is gone, the grains bins are gone, and it looks like almost every house in town has some damage. It’s a complete mess,” he lamented.
Pilger saw significant damage to a school, a bank and a church in town, and many homes in the southern portion of the town were destroyed.
Jodi Richey, a spokeswoman for Faith Regional Health Services in nearby Norfolk, said one person died and 16 others were being treated at the hospital.Dave Heineman, Nebraska governor declared a state of emergency, and the national guard was preparing to assist local emergency responders and help with the cleanup.
Sanford Goshorn, Stanton County emergency manager said his agency was still in response mode and the number of those injured could rise. “We’re still digging people out,” he added.
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