The most recent updates on the tornado that swept across Nebraska.
The National Weather Service in Hastings says that it received word of a violent tornado in Nebraska. Trained spotters believe that the twisted had reached Nebraska just before 6 p.m in Chapman, roughly 12 miles northeast of Grand Island. Officials at a Chapman fire station in conjunction with Merrick County Emergency Management have yet to report any substantial damages or injuries.
Officials say that a tornado hit certain areas of Kentucky, damaging several pockets of the state. Kentucky state Police say that eight people have been injured. A weather service tornado watch for the area was in effect until 11 p.m. Tuesday.
Family and officials have identified the victims who died in Monday’s storms as two 76-year-old Oklahoma men. Garvin County Emergency Management Director Bud Ramming said Tuesday that Chester Barnes was found dead Monday near his city of Wynnewood home, which had been “blown apart by the tornado.” Trish Arredondo says that her ex-husband Jackie Brooks, a Milburn resident, died in the violent storms as well. The medical examiner’s office says that it is analyzing the bodies of the two victims to assess the damages and determine direct causes of death. Emergency officials have reported seven more injuries but none requiring critical attention.
Governor Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency for 15 Oklahoma counties where tornadoes and violent storms have severely damaged property and killed to men. This executive order issued on Tuesday will allow state agencies to purchase items to combat the storm and provide emergency aid to select communities. The deaths occurred in the Garvin and Johnston counties, and significant damage was inflicted to houses and buildings in these areas. The following counties were included in the governor’s emergency declaration: Atoka, Bryan, Choctaw, Cleveland, Coal, Comanche, Garvin, Johnson, Kay, McCurtain, Murray, Noble, Payne, Stephens and Tillman.
Surveyors in Oklahoma have discovered architectural damage that can bee tied to the EF3 tornado in Garvin and Murray counties after the first wave of the storm. The National Weather Service meteorologist Rick Smith said that the organization found the remains of two houses in Garvin county. An EF3 tornado can carry wind speeds of 136-165 mph. Authorities found a man dead Monday in a home near Wynnewood after the tornado-bearing storm passed through the same region where EF3-level damage occurred. Smith says the National Weather Service in Norman, Oklahoma, sent survey teams Tuesday to at least six sites to investigate possible tornado damage.
Certain areas of the Great Plains and Ohio Valley were warned of severe weather patterns on Tuesday as two storms swept through the country’s midsection. The Storm Prediction Center said that central and northern texas could potentially experience large hail and violent winds on Tuesday. Kentucky as well as southern Ohio were also at risk. In all, the Storm Prediction Center received 23 reports of tornadoes in Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska and Oklahoma. These storms damaged trees and buildings in the northeastern part of Texas, and dropped “softball-sized hail” in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Two people have been killed in a series of violent storms in southern Oklahoma. Monday’s weather was particularly violent, some forecasters declaring a “tornado emergency” for the towns of Roff and Hickory. Tornadoes were also reported in Iowa and Nebraska, but there were no injuries and reported damages.