SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) — No injuries were reported after thunderstorms moved through the Panhandle on Tuesday night, producing a funnel cloud, rain, strong winds and hail.
The funnel cloud was spotted near the Scottsbluff airport around 6:30 p.m., prompting a tornado warning that expired a half-hour later.
The National Weather Service said hail up to 1 3/4 inches in diameter was reported northeast of Scottsbluff, and hail ranging from pea to penny size piled up northwest of Minatare.
Trees and limbs were blown down by wind gusts of more than 70 mph. A grain elevator in Colton was toppled onto another, destroying both.
A weather spotter two miles west of Gurley reported that more than 2 inches of rain fell there in less than an hour.
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