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Severe thunderstorm hits North PlatteTell North Platte what you think
 
Photo by Kaycee Anderson
Hailstones near Sixth and Sycamore, 9 p.m.
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Afterwards, looking west on Front St. from Maple, around 9:30 p.m.
Photo by Kaycee Anderson
Enjoying the aftermath, 9:45 p.m. on Maple St., front to back: Kendra Kamradt, 9, Coy Denney, 14, Brody Denney, 16.
Photo by George Lauby
First storm arrives, north of East 4th, 8:46 p.m.
Photo by George Lauby
Second storm arrives, from the same camera angle, 10 p.m.

A severe thunderstorm cut through North Platte Tuesday around 9 p.m. and headed south at a 35 mile-per-hour clip, and a second storm was behind it.

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The first storm contained swirling 70 mile-an-hour wind gusts along with pea- and marble-size hail.

The storm continued south-southwest into Frontier County.

The National Weather Service issued severe weather warnings for an area that included I-80 between Hershey and Gothenburg.

After the first thunderstorm, water completely covered a two-block stretch of Front St. in North Platte. Up to an inch of rain fell in the storm, the weather service said, and minor flooding also occurred at the Lake Maloney recreation area and parts of the village of Maxwell.

Another storm, not as severe, came through the same area around 10;30 p.m., but dispersed in intensity as it moved east, according to National Weather Service radar.

However, at 11:30 p.m., a severe thunderstorm pounded Ogallala in Keith County, the weather service reported.

Officials advise residents in the potential path of the storms to move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building.


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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 7/30/2013
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