National Weather Service Confirms Four Tornadoes Touched Down
Omaha, NE- The National Weather Service says they believe four tornadoes may have touched down in Northeast Nebraska yesterday, including one that destroyed the town of Pilger.
Two people died in the storm including 75 year-old David Herout of Clarkson, NE and a five-year-old child. Herout died in a car accident in Cuming County attributed to the storm. The child died in a mobile home in Pilger. Numerous other people were injured.
Meteorologist Matt Monroe spoke with officials from their office in Valley. They say preliminary analysis of radar data shows four possible tornadoes. All four twisters originated from the same supercell.
The first tornado dropped out of the sky about 3:30pm just west of Stanton. The second developed east of Stanton and is the one that smashed Pilger.
The third twister formed east of Stanton and merged with the second one. Tornado number four formed north of Wisner and dissipated one or two miles north of Wakefield around 5pm.
Officials stress that this is preliminary information and it may take days to determine the exact path and strength of the tornadoes after they survey the area on the ground and in the air.