Hospital: 1 dead and 16 critical after tornadoes in Nebraska

By: Associated Press
June 16, 2014 Updated: June 17, 2014 at 7:56 am
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Onlookers standing at the Sgt. Floyd Monument in Sioux City, Iowa, watch as a storm cell passes over the city Monday, June 16, 2014. (AP Photo/The Sioux City Journal, Tim Hynds)

NORFOLK, Neb. — A hospital spokeswoman says at least one person is dead and 16 others are in critical condition after two massive tornadoes swept through northeast Nebraska.

Jodi Richey of Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk says the victims were brought into the hospital after at least one of the twisters devastated Pilger. The town of about 350 people is about 100 miles northwest of Omaha.

Stanton County Commissioner Jerry Weatherholt says at least one of the tornadoes destroyed more than half of Pilger.

The National Weather Service says the tornadoes were about a mile apart. Meteorologists have also been tracking a massive tornado near the town of Burwell, in central Nebraska.

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