October 31, 2014
From the 10/11 Pinpoint Weather Team…
Severe thunderstorms roared across parts of southwest and west central Nebraska on Friday evening. Winds estimated to be 70 to 80 miles per hour at times uprooted trees, downed power lines, damaged homes and trailers and derailed rail cars. Lincoln County was one of the hardest hit areas with North Platte sustaining wind damage. The Lincoln County emergency manager reported downed light poles and some power outages in the northwest part of North Platte.
Rail cars at Baily Yard were derailed and there was major roof damage reported to a home. An 18 inch diameter tree was snapped off in the southern part of town and a large pine tree felled at 2nd and Grant street in North Platte.
Hershey and Brady also reported significant wind damage and some power outages. Several trees were blown down and one camper blown over on the north side of Lake McConaughy. Keith and Perkins counties also reported wind damage and some large size hail.
Two miles southeast of Lemoyne in Keith County, a trained weather spotter reported some softball size hail. Imperial in Chase County reported 80 mile per hour wind gusts. As this story is being written, there have been no reports of serious injuries.
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