Southern Tiers of Nebraska Counties See Sunday Severe Weather

BEATRICE-  Strong to severe thunderstorms raced across southern Nebraska Counties Sunday afternoon and evening, with the main threat, large hail.

The storms began in southwest Nebraska and moved east across the southern two tiers of counties, before moving into Iowa and Missouri, early today.

In south-central and southeast Nebraska, severe thunderstorm warnings were issues in Thayer, Fillmore, Jefferson, Saline, Gage, Lancaster, Pawnee, Johnson, Otoe, Nemaha and Richardson Counties.

Half-dollar sized hail was reported by Thayer County Emergency Management in Carleton.  Quarter to ping pong ball sized hail was reported at Shickley, with hail covering the ground in the area.

Numerous reports of quarter-sized hail were received by the National Weather Service, during the storms across southern Nebraska.

Thunderstorms packed stronger winds in southwest Nebraska, with 80-mile-per-hour gusts estimated with one storm near Palisade, in Hitchcock County.   Winds of 60-to-70 miles-per-hour were estimated with thunderstorms farther to the east across southwest and south-central Nebraska.

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