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Heaviest rain potential through Wed. (click on images to enlarge)
Photo by George Lauby
The setting sun lights up the back side of storm clouds east of North Platte. Photo taken from East 4th around 9:30 p.m.
Photo by National Weather Service
A radar image of the storms east of North Platte, 9:50 p.m.

Lincoln County was in a tornado watch Tuesday afternoon and evening, but the storms struck north and east.

High winds upset a semi-truck near Ainsworth around 2 p.m. Tuesday. Large hail was reported near Mullen and Hyannis. Softball size hail was reported near Bayard, east of Scottsbluff, and also as far east as Norfolk later in the afternoon, the weather service said.  

In north central Nebraska, 20 miles east of Basset, the town of Stuart suffered tornado-like damage.

Near Omaha, the town of Blair and the village of Uehling were heavily damaged by stong winds and hail.

The storm cell damaged eastern Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri. Thunderstorms congealed into an intense cluster and is moving through Iowa and into northern Illinois.

The cluster of thunderstorms is called a "derecho" - an intense storm system.

In North Platte, the high Tuesday reached the low 90s. Spots of soft hail fell briefly Tuesday afternoon, and the wind changed to the north during the evening. That was the worst of the weather.

The forecast Wednesday afternoon in North Platte with a high near 80.

For the rest of the week, thunderstorms are possible each day in Lincoln County. Storms are most likely Friday and Friday night. Some storms could be severe. Large hail and wind damage are the primary concern, the weather service said.


This report was updated Wednesday at 9 a.m.


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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 6/3/2014
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