Tornadoes in the Midwest, United States
Tornadoes Rip through Northeastern Nebraska, Wisconsin
In northeastern Nebraska, a supercell thunderstorm system spawned an outbreak of tornadoes on the evening of June 16 (TWC). The National Weather Service reported five tornadoes in the Pilger area, of which four were rated as EF4 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale (EF Scale; NOAA). A direct hit from rare twin tornadoes cut a path of destruction through the town of Pilger (population roughly 350) destroying 40 to 50 homes, businesses, and a grain elevator. At the time of this report, two deaths had been attributed to the storms, the first tornado deaths in the state in a decade (NEMA).
Another thunderstorm system produced tornadoes in the Burwell area with six separate tornado touchdowns along a 23-mile path (NOAA).
Six tornadoes also touched down in southern Wisconsin, with an EF2 tornado hitting the town of Platteville (TWC.) The severe storms caused millions in structural damage, including damage to the University of Wisconsin at Platteville, and have left 300 residents still without electricity (WEM).
The line of severe storms that moved through the region also brought heavy rains and strong winds to southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa (NOAA). Iowa reported golf-ball-sized hail and flash flooding in portions of Minnesota followed 2-4 inches of rainfall in 2 hours or less.
Current Hazard Warnings
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Flood: Africa (Western), Guatemala, Canada (Ontario), United States (Midwest), Paraguay, Argentina (Paraná), China (Northern)
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