BEATRICE – Heavy rain along a stationary boundary struck southern areas of Jefferson County, Nebraska, Tuesday night. As of nine p.m., Jefferson County Emergency Management Coordinator John McKee said five to seven inches of rain had fallen around the Reynolds area, causing significant flooding problems.
:35 “sun comes up”
McKee says the front stayed in place diagonally across the county, with more rain arriving behind the initial wave of precipitation. No reports of funnels had been received, as of mid-Tuesday evening.
:21 “reported it”
McKee cautions persons who are out in their vehicles not to drive through water on roadways, especially at night.
:03 “underneath it”
As of mid-Tuesday evening McKee said a measuring device at a Crystal Springs tower showed about 3.70 inches of rain…and a gauge at his house recorded at least three inches of rain. From late Tuesday afternoon through six a.m. Wednesday, rain totaling 4.24 inches fell at KWBE, in Beatrice.
According to the National Weather Service, a storm chaser took video of a tornado, southeast of Huntley in Harlan County. Spotters reported quarter-sized hail west of Alexandria and northeast of Deshler, and half-dollar sized hail east of Gilead, in Thayer County.
Spotters reported hail larger than golf balls three miles east of Franklin, in Franklin County. Wind gusts of 71 miles-per-hour were recorded southwest of Carleton, in Thayer County, and at the McCook Airport.