Child Killed as Twin Tornadoes Slam Nebraska
'It was like God dragged 2 fingernails across the land'
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 17, 2014 12:07 AM CDT
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(Newser) – The small town of Pilger in northeast Nebraska has been devastated by twin tornadoes that killed a child, left half the town in ruins, and seriously injured at least 16 people. The tornadoes, which were about a mile apart, destroyed many buildings in the town of 350 people about 75 miles north of Omaha. "It was like God dragged two fingernails across the the land," a school system employee tells the Omaha World-Herald. The town has been evacuated as authorities search for survivors in the rubble.

"More than half of the town is gone—absolutely gone," the county commissioner tells the AP. "The co-op is gone, the grain bins are gone, and it looks like almost every house in town has some damage. It's a complete mess." Witnesses say they could see nothing but wrecked buildings for block after block, with cars and street signs strewn around. Six people rode out the storm in a bank vault. "Our ears started popping ... and we heard a swishing sound," one survivor says. "About the time we figured it was over, the roof caved in."

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fractal
Jun 17, 2014 3:35 PM CDT
Beautiful!
jamescraig2000
Jun 17, 2014 8:43 AM CDT
Prayers and donations for those people. Very sad. Small town and I am sure everyone is close.
pg13
Jun 17, 2014 1:35 AM CDT
tornado hint: if you're headed for the safest spot in the house during a tornado warning, put a bike helmet on your kid. Or whatever kind of helmet you have (baseball, football, etc). Worth a shot!