Massive Twin Tornadoes Tear Through Pilger, Nebraska
UPDATE, 9:47p ET: Janice Dean was on “The Kelly File” tonight to discuss massive tornadoes that tore through Nebraska today.
Massive tornadoes ripped through the area, killing one and seriously hurting 16 others.
“In my lifetime, I have not seen twin tornadoes quite like this,” she said of the tornados in Pilger, which cut the town in half.
Watch her report above.
Read more below from FoxNews.com:
The Lincoln Journal-Star reported that officials at the Faith Regional Medical Center in Norfolk, Nebraska confirmed one person was killed at 16 were critically injured in the storm. The newspaper reported that Pilger, a town of less than 400 people near Norfolk, took a direct hit from the twisters.
“I’m standing in Pilger, and I see devastation,” Stanton County Commissioner Jerry Weatherholt told the Journal-Star. “It looks like a war zone. It absolutely looks like a war zone.”
Weatherholt said that the southern half of the town was completely leveled, and almost all of the town sustained damage.
Meteorologist Barbara Mayes with the National Weather Service told the Associated Press that two of the tornadoes that touched down Monday were about a mile apart, near Pilger and the town of Stanton, 100 miles northwest of Omaha.
Fox42 reported that a third tornado was also spotted. The tornadoes also swept through a region of sparsely populated farmland.
Read the original story below, 5:55p ET:
Pictures from the ground show what appear to be two tornadoes in northeastern Nebraska. Extensive damage is being reported in Stanton.
Below are more details from USAToday.com and see more photos below. Stay tuned to Fox News Channel for the latest on the severe weather.
Severe weather began its assault on the central Plains Monday afternoon and evening, with reports of tornadoes in Nebraska.
A large tornado had caused "significant damage" near Stanton, Neb., the Weather Channel reported on its Twitter feed. The National Weather Service reported several homes had been destroyed in Pilger, Neb.
Photos and videos from storm chasers in the region showed at least two tornadoes on the ground in eastern Nebraska.
Much of eastern Nebraska, northern Iowa and southern Minnesota remained under a tornado watch as of late afternoon. The entire region was under a "moderate" risk of severe storms through the rest of the day, the Storm Prediction Center reported, with violent tornadoes possible.
Additional storms will roll through Omaha, Neb., Monday, home of the College World Series, AccuWeather predicted.