With spring upon us, the Midwest is experiencing severe weather that has led to serious damages. Recently, parts of Nebraska felt the effects of a powerful April storm that brought heavy snow, large hail, freezing rain, and strong winds that battered areas overnight and the following day.
While heavy rains soaked drought-stricken areas, high winds caused major damages. Those in the North Bend-area saw irrigation pivots flipped over, mobile homes flipped over, heavy damage to a home on McGinns Lake, and even a train derailed that forced 21 rail cars off the tracks.
Elsewhere in the state, Buffalo County and Kearney County reported heavy rain, golf ball-sized hail, and winds of 70 miles per hour (mph). The most damage in the Kearney area was to the University of Nebraska Kearney (UNK) facility. The roof of the Fine Arts Building peeled back, the UNK Library suffered heavy roof damage, and several dorms even sustained damages. Other areas of the campus are also being assessed for property damages. The university even stated that they have to lay books out to air dry after they sustained water damage.
Darrin Lewis, Director of Emergency Management for Buffalo County and Kearny, said that no injuries occurred in spite of all the property damage that occurred in his part of the state. Much of the strong storm damage occurred in the western part of Kearney with reports of:
- A mobile home roof ripped off
- Trees downed
- Homes flooded
- Other property damages
- Power outages