Twin twisters destroy tiny town in Nebraska
Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 8:46 AM - At least two people are dead after tornadoes touched down in northeastern Nebraska on Monday.
Authorities say up to three quarters of Pilger, a small town of about 350 people, was destroyed.
The severe weather also caused damage in the towns of Wisner, Stanton and Pender.
As many as 19 people were critically hurt in addition to the two deaths.
Nebraska's governor issued a state of emergency, putting the national guard on standby to help if needed. He is expected to tour the storm damage Tuesday.
In the meantime, evacuated residents are expected to return Tuesday morning to survey the damage and gather any immediate valuables.
According to the U.S. National Weather Service, two twisters touched down within only a couple of kilometres of each other.
"Heavy rain was another signature of the storm system," adds weather.com. "In just three minutes, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, received half an inch of rainfall between 3:05 and 3:08 p.m. local time Monday afternoon, according to local reports. The rain was enough to close part of Interstate 29 overnight."