Tornado Hits Nebraska Town, Causing
Damage, One Injury
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[May 12, 2014]
(Reuters) - A tornado caused heavy
damage to the downtown area of a small Nebraska town on Sunday, ripping
off roofs and slightly injuring the town's police chief, authorities
The tornado, which landed Sunday evening in Sutton, Nebraska, blew
the roof off the City Hall building and completely destroyed a
farmer's house outside town, said police chief Tracey Landenberger.
"I was pretty worked up," said Landenberger, who was injured by
broken glass flying into his face. "It was just black. You couldn't
Landenberger said virtually every building in the city's two-block
downtown stretch was damaged in the storm. Sutton sits about 80
miles southwest of Lincoln, Nebraska.
There were 26 preliminary tornado reports on Sunday across Nebraska,
Iowa, Kansas and Indiana, according to the National Weather Service.
On Sunday, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency
after a tornado destroyed or damaged 200 to 300 homes in the small
town of Orrick, Missouri, east of Kansas City the day before.
"I urge Missourians to stay alert, use caution and take shelter
immediately if severe weather is headed their way," Nixon said in a
A snowstorm blanketed the Northern Rockies earlier in the day,
prompting road closures in Colorado and Wyoming, and the same
weather system resulted in tornado watches being issued in several
Midwestern states, officials said.
The National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings for large
swaths of Colorado and Wyoming for Sunday through Monday morning,
cautioning motorists about hazardous driving conditions.
"Gusty north winds up to 45 miles per hour over the plains of
northeastern Colorado will produce areas of blowing snow and poor
visibilities," the service said in an advisory.
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In Wyoming, drifting snow from high winds forced the closure of a
150-mile (240-km) stretch of Interstate 80 from Cheyenne to Rawlins,
the state's department of transportation said on its website.
Temperatures in Denver plummeted some 30 degrees overnight, and snow
could accumulate on roadways throughout the region as they freeze,
said Crystal Morgan, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of
Jim Kalina, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in
Boulder, Colorado, said the Denver metropolitan area could see up to
9 inches of snow and some mountain communities can expect
accumulations of three feet.
"This is a slow-moving system and won't break down until mid-day
Monday," Kalina said.
(Reporting by Curtis Skinner and Keith Coffman; Editing by Paul
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