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Cold wind and rain roar (Updated Wednesday)Tell North Platte what you think
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Hershey Coop grain bin
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Broken tree near playground at Jefferson Elementary.
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Ripped siding in Hershey
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Topless Hershey grain bin, 3:40 p.m. Monday
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Wider view from south of Hershey elevator, just before the top of damaged bin pulled loose. (click on image to enlarge)
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Sagging North Platte power pole near Second and Cottonwood.
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Hershey grain bin on the ground, Wednesday a.m.

Snow flakes fell at times Monday morning as strong northwest winds blew through central Nebraska during an intense storm that tracked slowly across the plains.

Wind blew down trees, scattered trash bins and crumpled a tall grain bin near Hershey.

Northwest winds blasted at 35-45 mph with gusts up to 60 miles an hour, the National Weather Service in North Platte said.

A grain bin near Hershey was hammered. The wind crumpled the side and the bin hung suspended by its top for a few hours. The top tore off around 3:30 p.m. and fell near the railroad tracks below. Train traffic was halted as a precaution for the rest of the afternoon. 

On Tuesday, a crew braved continuing strong winds to take the bin down and lay it on its side out of harm's way.

A high wind warning was in effect for Lincoln, Grant, Arthur, McPherson, Deuel, Keith, Perkins, Frontier, Hayes and Chase counties all day Monday.

Siding was torn off a house in Hershey, a tree fell near Jefferson Elementary school and a power pole sagged near the corner of Second and Cottonwood. Trash bins, including heavy dumpsters, were blown over all around the county.

Lincoln County Interim Emergency Manager Tammie Dugger said no severe damage was reported to her office.

A half inch of badly needed rain fell at the National Weather Service station near the North Platte Regional Airport/Lee Bird Field. Fields, pastures, yards and gardens continue to be extremely dry.

Wind gusts reached 52 miles an hour Tuesday in North Platte, with gusts near 60 mph in Ogallala and 70 mph in Sidney.


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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 4/28/2014
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