Midwest Storms Damage Homes and businesses, Quickly Heading East
One possible tornado was spotted in Nebraska, and watch warnings were in effect for many midwestern states. The storm has continued moving east, threatening Chicago.
A possible tornado touched down near Aurora, about 70 miles west of Lincoln, damaging a few businesses and damaging at least one house on the outskirts of town.
There were no immediate reports of deaths or injuries.
Tornadoes were also reported in Kearney, about 60 miles west of Aurora, where 90 rail cars were blown off the tracks outside the city limits. There were reports of downed trees and power lines throughout Kearney, and reports of damage on the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus and at a county fairgrounds.
Tornado and storm related watches and warnings in effect from the Plains to the Great Lakes.
The clash of cold air behind the storms and warm moist air from the Gulf of Mexico will spark a new round of tornadoes, damaging straight line winds, large hail and drenching rain.
Many centers in Iowa received more than 4 inches of rain in the 24-hour period ending today at noon CDT. Clutier, Iowa topped the list with 5.74 inches. Meanwhile, wind gusts recorded in Iowa and Illinois topped 60 mph, with a 74 mph gust recorded at Murray, Iowa.
Towering thunderstorms bombarded the Plains and western Midwest on Thursday, spawning dozens of reports of twisters in Nebraska and Kansas and unleashing drenching rains and tennis-ball-size hail as far east as Iowa.
A powerful new eastbound storm was behind the latest severe weather outbreak.
The system threatens the Chicago area with its own share of weather woes Friday.