Tornado rips through Nebraska
Buffalo County's emergency manager reports a tornado swept through Kearney Thursday evening, causing extensive damage to trees and homes.
A damaged power line forced the closure of I-80 between Aurora and York just before 8 p.m.
Photos from Newswatch 7 storm chasers show roofs removed from buildings and cars stacked on top of one another.
The storm front has downed several NPPD transmission, sub-transmission, and distribution lines in the Kearney area and left approximately 12,000 customers without power in the community.
The areas primarily impacted are the northwest, northeast and southeast portions of the city.
Emergency manager Al Berndt said the severe weather destroyed the Buffalo County fairgrounds and damaged campus housing at the University of Nebraska-Kearney around 5:30 p.m.