Storms batter Nebraska with giant hail, destructive winds, tornadoes, flooding

A severe weather outbreak left a path of destruction from border to border across Nebraska Tuesday.

By the end of the night, severe weather was reported in 48 of the state's 93 counties.

There were eight reports of tornadoes in the state, including three in Greeley county, but there was no reports of damage from the storms.

There were, however, many reports of damage from winds and hail across the state.

Hail sizes were impressive, as hail nearly the size of CDs reported northwest of Bayard in Morrill county, northeast of Minatare in Scotts Bluff county, and northwest of Kennard in Washington county.

Baseball size hail was reported in more populated areas, including Norfolk, Stanton, Blair, Uehling, and Greenwood. The hail broke numerous windows in residences, businesses, and automobiles.

There were many measured wind gusts of 60 to 80 miles per hour. Emergency management officials reported nearly 15 miles of damage in Rock county, where winds were estimated near 100 miles per hour.

The town of Stuart in Holt county was hard hit, where all windows on the north side of nursing home were blown out, a semi-truck was blown over, and major roof damage was reported.

Many outbuildings were destroyed by the winds northeast of Tilden in Pierce county, pivots were blown over near Elyria in Valley county, and trees and power lines were down in Boelus in Howard county.

Authorities reported extensive flooding in Omaha that caused dozens of motorists to be stranded in their cars.

Police spokesman James Shade said rescue boats were used Tuesday to reach dozens of drivers who got stuck while making the commute home. No injuries have been reported.

Shade said dozens of residents were also evacuated from low-lying homes on the northeast side, where several inches of rain fell in an hour. He noted a 95-year-old woman in a wheelchair who was rescued from her home.

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