BEATRICE – A tornado was observed and large hail fell in southern Gage County early Tuesday night and the threat for severe weather continues for southeast Nebraska, southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri on Wednesday.
Damaging winds, large hail, locally excessive rainfall and an isolated tornado are all possibilities Wednesday afternoon and evening, according to the National Weather Service Office in Valley.
Officials say to “be ready to act quickly later Wednesday.” Falls City, Mound City and Maryville are labeled in a “moderate risk” of severe weather, a step above where Nebraska City, Tecumeseh, Auburn, Pawnee City and Shenandoah are in an “enhanced risk.” Plattsmouth and Glenwood have a slight risk for severe weather.
Large hail fell Tuesday near Wymore.
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Wymore Assistant Fire Chief Mark Meints says the storm played havoc with electric lines and at one point, making street lamps in Wymore act like strobe lamps.
He says a tornado was observed by trained spotters with the fire department.
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A brief tornado touchdown was reported about two miles east-northeast of Odell, in the southwest part of Gage County.
Meints says golf-ball sized hail fell by the Wymore Cemetery. He said winds were estimated at up to 75 to 85 miles per hour in some areas, but very little tree damage was initially observed in the City of Wymore.
Meints says the bad weather rolled through the area between seven and seven thirty p.m. One Wymore woman who called KWBE-AM said golf-ball-sized hail covered the ground about two inches deep during the height of the severe weather.
During the late afternoon through early evening, tornado warnings were issued for southern areas of Thayer, Jefferson, Gage and Pawnee Counties.
Weather spotters reported a brief tornado just south of Chester, Nebraska, in Republic County, Kan. A possible sighting was also reported four miles southwest of Endicott, in Jefferson County, Neb.. A National Weather Service employee confirmed a tornado, two miles northeast of Oak Hill, Kan., in Clay County. A spotter reported a tornado on the ground four miles southwest of Clay Center.
Observers in Clay County, Kansas reported a shed destroyed south of Clifton, and power lines and trees down north of Morganville.