Storms batter eastern Nebraska with hail and strong winds

Storms batter eastern Nebraska with hail and strong winds
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A line of powerful storms moved across eastern Nebraska on Tuesday, with large hail, bruising winds and heavy rain.

Numerous tornado warnings were issued, but no serious damage was reported. At one point, at least three tornado warnings were in effect simultaneously in the Hastings-Grand Island area.

By 7 p.m., it appeared that only a handful of brief touchdowns had been sighted — in Hamilton, Hall and Thayer Counties.

The good news, though, was the rain. After one of the driest Aprils on record in Omaha, rain finally arrived on the evening of the first day of May.

Some of the storms dropped torrential rains. Northeast Nebraska was under a flash flood warning Tuesday night because several inches had fallen in a short period.

More rain and storms are on tap Wednesday and Thursday, according to Carl Erickson, a meteorologist with AccuWeather Inc.

Some of the storms moving through on Wednesday could be severe, he said, so people should pay attention to conditions.

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