Tornado Does Damage In Nemaha Co.

By: Justin Surrency/Josh Mabry/Chelsey Moran Email
By: Justin Surrency/Josh Mabry/Chelsey Moran Email
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(WIBW)-- A large wedge tornado was reported at 5:52 p.m. four miles west of Bennington in Ottawa County.

At least one home was reported leveled by a tornado that swept through Nemaha County Tuesday evening.

Nemaha Co. Emergency Mgt. Director Todd Swart says the storm destroyed a home at 52nd and J Rd., just west of Corning. He said another home suffered less serious damage and several sheds and outbuildings were hit. However, he said he'd received no reports of injuries from the storm.

First responders say the farmstead home is a total loss, along with multiple sheds and equipment.
The Becker family is just thankful to still have each other.

The noise was deafening. Monica Becker, homeowner of the property destroyed described it as a train.

The damage was devastating. Multiple sheds, equipment and 12 years of memories within the home, all destroyed. As the tornado threat became a reality, it was time to take cover.

Monica said, "We had a blanket over us and we just prayed. The kids screamed at the top of their lungs and not one of us has a scratch, so that is what really matters."

When Monica came up from the basement, she knew she would be left picking up the pieces, but not without the help of an entire community.

"That's just how this community is, they always want to help right now," said Monica.

The Becker's and their 5 children will stay the night with relatives nearby. The Red Cross is also providing assistance.

A tornado was reported four miles west of Bennington in Ottawa County at 5:34 p.m.

Hail 1.75 inches was reported by the National Weather Service four miles east-southeast of Minneapolis in Ottawa County at 5:36 p.m.

The storm has moved into Brown County as of 5:35 p.m.

A tornado was confirmed on the ground around Goff, Kan. around 5 p.m.

The tornado developed about 1.5 miles West of Goff.

The storm was traveling slowly.

At least one confirmed tornado touch down was reported in Nemaha County around 4:15 p.m. Tuesday.

The confirmed tornado was very close to Corning around 4:29 p.m. traveling at 10 miles per hour.

Crews continued to assess the damage in that area Tuesday night.


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