HALLAM, Neb. -- Many of you may remember the devastating two-and-a-half mile wide EF4 tornado that ripped across southeast Nebraska nine years ago Wednesday. The May 22, 2004 storm hit Hallam and other southern areas of Lancaster County, killing one person and injuring 38 others. UNL climatology professor Ken Dewey tells KFOR News there was an unusually high number of tornadoes in Nebraska in 2004, where 110 were reported and 76 alone on May 22. Dewey also compliments the National Weather Service for getting the warning out 30 minutes before the tornado touched down. The storm also took aim at Norris Middle-High School, destroying the auditorium and several walls in the school caved in. The tornado first touched down about two miles north of Daykin in Jefferson County, then carved a 52-mile path through Saline, northwestern Gage, southern Lancaster and extreme western Otoe counties. The tornado lifted and dissolved about a mile west of Palmyra.
Damage to grain bins and train in Hallam following May 2004 tornado. (Courtesy of FEMA)