` Severe Weather and Baseball Sized Hail Stones Hit Nebraska ‘

#AceWorldNewsUNITED STATES – June 04  – Strong winds and baseball-sized hail caused widespread damage north of Omaha, Nebraska, and Washington County, Reuters reported, citing officials.

The severe weather halted flights at Omaha’s Eppley Airfield for hours, and heavy rain caused flash flooding that closed area streets.

At least eight unconfirmed tornado touch-downs were reported in Nebraska, one in Iowa and another in Wyoming, the National Weather Service said. Hail, ranging from golf ball- to tennis ball-sized, also reportedly pelted parts of Wyoming, the northern half of Nebraska and the south-western corners of South Dakota and Iowa.

A dozen people suffered minor injuries after being struck by the outsized hailstones while fleeing for cover at a Walmart in Blair, Nebraska, north of Omaha, Fire Chief Kent Nicholson said.

 “It sounded like someone was drilling our building with a hammer. It was deafening in our shop area,” said Nicholson, who was at work during the storm.

Eppley Airfield spokesman Joe Rotterdam said flights were halted for four hours on Tuesday at the Omaha airport. Thirty-three flight were canceled Tuesday due to flash flooding, gusting wind and nickel to quarter-sized hail, he said.

 Storm chasers reported at least eight unconfirmed tornado touch-downs in Nebraska, one in Iowa and another in Wyoming, the National Weather Service said.

Hail, ranging from golf ball to tennis ball size, also pelted parts of Wyoming, the northern half of Nebraska and the southwestern corners of South Dakota and Iowa, the National Weather Service said.

 

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