The latter part of the Memorial Day weekend produced a lot of thunderstorm activity, some of which moved through Southeastern Wyoming spawning tornadoes that damaged homes in Laramie County, large hail in parts of the county and flash flooding in Casper and briefly here in Scottsbluff-Gering.
Jeanine West, director of Cheyenne/Laramie County Emergency Management Agency, says a tornado touched down about 4 p.m. Sunday near the town of Federal. Eight properties had damage, but no people or animals were injured. Two other tornadoes in the area did not cause any damage.
The National Weather Service has called the tornado near Federal
as having a rating on EF 2 with wind speeds of 111 to 135 mph.
National Weather Service forecaster Andrew Lyons says there were several reports of hail up to 2 inches in diameter in parts of Laramie County.
The storms in the Nebraska Panhandle on Sunday also produced some hail, most of it a quarter to three quarter inch size and heavy downpours ofrain that produced more flooding in the local area. 1.55 was reportedat KNEB, Dennis Ronne in northeast Scottsbluff 1.60. .81 hundreths at Scottsbluff Airport.
KNEB Storm Spotter Dan Fitts, tracking the storms reported two rope liketornados northeast of Scottsbluff, touching down very briefly. One wasabout 4 miles northeast of town, or about two miles north of the airport. The second one a couple of miles further north, or about 7 miles northeast of Scottsbluff. Dan reported a flipped center pivot system in that vicinity, around County Road 26 and Lake Minatare Road.
Storms on Memorial Day produced more rain, and in some areas hail wasreported, but not locally. KNEB reported .48 and at the airport .41 of rain.