High winds, hail and brief tornadoes race through the area

A line of powerful, fast-moving storms pushed through the region late Monday afternoon.

As the storms crossed southeast Nebraska, emergency officials found themselves warning simultaneously about grass fires, damaging winds, hail and heavy rain.

The Holt County Sheriff’s office in northwest Missouri reported a brief tornado west of Mound City. Brief tornadoes were also spotted on Highway 113 near Skidmore, MO and another one was reported west of Maryville.

Drivers contended with heavy rain and some hail, mostly small-sized. There was reports of hail measuring 1.75″ near Clarinda, IA, and an inch in diameter near Shubert and Verdon.

Winds had been sustained at about 25 to 30 mph and gusting to about 45 mph Monday, according to the National Weather Service. Wind gusts of 60-65 mph were registered in thunderstorms.

The flag pole above “The Fort” in downtown Nebraska City was blown over by the strong winds. Trees were also reported down in town.

A tin roof was blown off a sun-room near Auburn. A tin roof was blown off a building in Julian, NE and took out a power pole and street light.

Two brush fires bedeviled firefighters, one near Murdock and the other in Saunders County. The rain that accompanied the storm front helped firefighters.

All of eastern Nebraska remained in a red flag warning Monday. Portions of southeast Nebraska, western Iowa, northwest Missouri were under a tornado watch.

Hail in Nemaha County
Tree damage in Nebraska City (Courtesy Photo)

 

 

 

Tree damage in Nebraska City (Courtesy Photo)

The World-Herald News Service contributed to this story.

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