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Storms Prompt Tornado Warnings Across Area; Bern Area Hit Hardest

Another stormy night on the plains Tuesday, as Nebraska was hit hardest. Tornado warnings were issued for Gage County as spotters reported funnel clouds near Pickrell, and 7 miles east of Beatrice. As well, a 76 mph wind gust was recorded. Two buildings were damaged at the north edge of Beatrice, and as many as 3,500 Norris Public Power customers throughout Gage, Jefferson, and Saline counties were without electricity, some in the DeWitt and Lewiston areas not restored until Wednesday morning. That system built south into northern Nemaha County Kansas around 10:30 p.m.

Possible rotation indicated by radar prompted a tornado warning for northern Nemaha, and northeast Marshall County. The Bern area was hit hardest with straight line winds 60-70 mph, one inch hail, and an apparent tornado that touched down four miles west of Bern, near the intersection of Highway K-63 and Highway K-71. The damage path extended south and east some 7-10 miles, with several homes, outbuildings, and at least one business impacted. No injuries were confirmed. Numerous downed trees and power lines forced closure of the entire five mile stretch of Highway K-71 from Bern to the Highway K-63 junction overnight. That storm continued a path east southeast into Brown County.

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