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Twin tornadoes ripped through a small Nebraska town, leaving two dead, including a 5-year-old child.
According to CNN, twin tornadoes are rare. The little town of Pilger, Nebraska, with only 350 residents, did not expect a tornado to come through since they are close to a river. However, Monday night, about three-fourths of the town was demolished, leading to two deaths. One of the deaths occurred during a traffic accident, likely caused by the weather.
Other towns damaged by the storm included Wisner, Pender, and Stanton.
USA Today reported dozens were injured from the storm and the residents quickly evacuated to nearby towns. Jerry Weatherhold, the Commissioner for Stanton Counter, said, “More than half the town is gone- absolutely gone.”
It is estimated that about 75 percent of the town has been damaged, with Sheriff Mike Unger stating their school could be “beyond repair.”
Gov. Dave Heineman has declared a state of emergency and help is on the way to help clean up the area and do an assessment on how much damage was done. CNN reported that Heineman would take a tour to see the damage on Tuesday and the National Guard would be available for any help.
The Storm Prediction Center said that reports of tornadoes reached about 30 in the region.