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Severe weather impact on southeastern Nebraska Tuesday evening

Tornadoes, large hail, and damaging winds
Posted at 12:28 PM, Jun 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-09 22:36:44-04

Tuesday Evening Update, 9:00 PM

Severe weather moved through much of southeastern Nebraska during Tuesday afternoon and evening.

There was even a confirmed tornado near Fairbury. There was a report there of some tree limb damage and a report of some debris in the air briefly. We'll know more after a damage survey done by the National Weather Service which will likely happen on Wednesday.

Aside from the tornado, storms moved through areas south of Omaha and were capable of producing up to 70 mph wind gusts and golf ball size hail. No severe warnings were issued for the Omaha metro, but we still received rain, lightning, and thunder.

The main weather impact now will be strong northwest winds behind the cold front as gusts over 60 mph are possible as the High Wind Warning continues through Wednesday morning.

Reporter Phil Bergman did the following live report near Ashland around 8:30 PM:

See more photos and videos below.


We are still expecting severe weather across parts of eastern Nebraska and western Iowa this afternoon and evening (Tuesday, June 9th).

As the cold front slowly moves through, storms will fire up along it. The remnants of Cristobal to our east continue to bring a lot of moisture up from the Gulf of Mexico. This will feed into our storms and also bring a lot of rain to the area over the next 18 to 24 hours.

Storms will start to fire around 3 pm. Any of these storms could be strong to severe across eastern Nebraska and western Iowa. The severe threat continues through about 10 pm and then tapers off. All types of severe weather will be possible. The greatest threat for severe weather will be in southeastern Nebraska.

This is the area we will also see the greatest tornado threat, but that doesn’t mean the rest of us are in the clear. (The graphics below break down the severe weather threat into probabilities for a tornado, large hail, and damaging winds within 25 miles of a point.)

Large hail and damaging winds will also be threats during this severe weather event, too.

With so much moisture around, some parts of eastern Nebraska, northwestern Missouri, and much of Iowa are all under a Flash Flood Watch from Tuesday evening through Wednesday morning. Anywhere from 2-4 inches of rain will be possible. Remember to never drive through flood waters.

Behind the cold front, it is WINDY. At 11 o’clock this morning wind gusts were up to 70 mph in parts of central Nebraska. Much of eastern Nebraska is under a High Wind Warning from Tuesday evening through Wednesday morning. Our sustained winds will be at least 20-30 mph with up to 60 mph gusts possible.

Make sure you have multiple ways to get severe weather information throughout the afternoon and this evening and stay weather aware!