Storms Bring Heavy Rain, Strong Winds, Possible Tornadoes



LINCOLN -- Arial">A wild night of weather across south-central Nebraska. Clay County emergency officials reported a tornado hit near the community of Edgar early Monday night. Power lines and trees are down, homes have reportedly been damaged. A possible tornado reported in Jefferson County near the tiny town of Diller. The National Weather Service reports buildings have been damaged. Sheriff's deputies reported power lines down and boards impaled in buildings. A National Weather Service employee reported a "weak tornado" on the ground for approximately 5-to-6 minutes near Smith Center, Kansas. None of the reported tornadoes have been confirmed by the National Weather Service, but assessment teams will be out in those areas on Tuesday. Heavy rain fell Monday evening in many areas of south-central and southeast Nebraska. Portions of Fillmore and Jefferson Counties saw large amounts of rain in a short period of time. In Shickley, weather observers reported 3.18 inches of rain in about 55 minutes. More than two inches fell in the Geneva area within an hour. Jefferson County Emergency Management director John McKee tells KFOR News drainage systems in Fairbury were having trouble keeping up with the excessive rainfall. South of Lincoln, water was two to three inches deep across roads in southern Lancaster County. Water, at one point, was deep enough that Firth Road east of Highway 77 was impassible according to Emergency Management director Doug Ahlberg. On another note, not since 1914 has it rained as much on Memorial Day, May 27th, as it did yesterday in Lincoln. Van DeWald with the National Weather Service tells KFOR NEWS 3 1/3" of rain fell from Sunday night into Monday morning, braking the old record of 2 3/4" set 99 years ago. For the month, we're more than 2 1/2" above normal. For the year, we're almost 4 inches above normal.