College Cancels Classes After Storms

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Severe weather near Bennett, Nebraska on Monday, March 23, 2009.

Severe weather near Bennett, Nebraska on Monday, March 23, 2009.

Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff has canceled classes in the wake of storms that caused water damage to some buildings on campus.

College spokeswoman Mindy Burbach says some classrooms and the library were left water-logged by the Wednesday storms.

Burbach says students huddled in a tornado shelter for about three hours until the danger had passed.

Burbach says staff will still report to work Thursday, but the main building will be closed. The college's other buildings, including the Child Development Center, will remain open Thursday.

The powerful storm that flew out of Wyoming into Nebraska's Panhandle left behind piles of hail but apparently did no major damage and caused no injuries.

National Weather Service meteorologist Chad Hahn said Thursday that his office had received no reports of damage to structures or any injuries, although water poured into some basements and hampered travel.

Scottsbluff airport reported 1.76 inches of rain Wednesday.

An emergency worker reported that marble-size hail in parts of Morrill County was piled 8-12 inches high, which could damage young corn plants.

There were several tornado reports, but Hahn says his latest information is that it was the same funnel cloud seen at different times on its southeasterly path through the central Panhandle.

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