Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Weather Warning: Tornado Watch Through 1 A.M. Wednesday
The Dorchester area is included in a tornado watch extending through 1 a.m. Wednesday.
** UPDATE, 8:53 p.m. -- SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR... SALINE COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA... SAUNDERS COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL NEBRASKA... SEWARD COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA... LANCASTER COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA... BUTLER COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL NEBRASKA...
* UNTIL 930 PM CDT
* AT 844 PM CDT...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM NEAR DAVID CITY TO NEAR BEE TO NEAR EXETER...MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 55 MPH.
HAZARD...GOLF BALL SIZE HAIL AND 70 MPH WIND GUSTS.
IMPACT...PEOPLE AND ANIMALS OUTDOORS WILL BE INJURED. EXPECT HAIL DAMAGE TO ROOFS...SIDING...WINDOWS AND VEHICLES. EXPECT CONSIDERABLE TREE DAMAGE. WIND DAMAGE IS ALSO LIKELY TO MOBILE HOMES...ROOFS AND OUTBUILDINGS.
* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE... LINCOLN...SEWARD...CRETE...WAHOO...WAVERLY...DAVID CITY... MILFORD...WILBER...HICKMAN...FRIEND...UTICA...BENNET...FIRTH... DORCHESTER...VALPARAISO...MEAD...DE WITT...BELLWOOD...BEAVER CROSSING AND RISING CITY.
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The watch area defined by the Storm Prediction Center includes almost all of central and eastern Nebraska. The Lincoln, Omaha, Norfolk and Grand Island areas are at moderate risk for severe weather.
Much of the same area was under a moderate risk on Mother's Day, when a tornado blew through Beaver Crossing.
Thunderstorms will begin to develop in central Nebraska and move eastward this afternoon, said Barbara Mayes, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Valley.
Isolated supercell thunderstorms will develop first, bringing with them the potential for hail up to 2 inches in diameter and long-track tornadoes. The greatest risk for tornadoes is over central and eastern Nebraska and includes the Lincoln area.
Later, the thunderstorm clusters are expected to develop into a line. At that point, straight-line winds will be the primary concern -- potentially over hundreds of miles. The area of most concern for widespread wind damage is north of Interstate 80 in Nebraska and across Iowa.
Widespread rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches are expected, but some areas could see 3 to 4 inches, according to the weather service. The storm system should move out of the area by early morning Wednesday.