Nebraska Tornadoes: Two Dead, 16 Injured Near Pilger
UPDATE, Tuesday 9:00 AM: A 5-year-old child was killed in a mobile home during the Monday night storm. Stanton County officials identified her as Calista Dixon. Her mom was injured and is being treated at an Omaha hospital. Another person died in a traffic accident Monday. According to Cuming County officials, 74-year-old David Herout of Clarkson, Nebraska died after his car left the road during the storm. The crash happened two miles east of Pilger.
Governor Dave Heineman will be surveying Pilger Wednesday morning. 75% of the town was destroyed by rare twin tornadoes, including a school, church and several businesses. The town is home to about 350 people. At least one person was flown to an Omaha hospital.
The American Red Cross has opened up a shelter at Wisner-Pilger High School. It will be open 24/7 to provide meals and a safe place to stay.
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Salvation Army disaster teams are also in Pilger.
UPDATE: Faith Regional Medical Center in Norfolk, NE said that one person has died, 16 are in critical condition, five people have minor injuries and four people are on their way to the medical center with injuries.
Pender Hospital said it treated two people with minor injuries and Province Medical Center has one person en route to its facility with injuries.
The National Weather Service said at least two tornadoes touched down in northeast Nebraska.
The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency said that emergency personnel are working in Pilger, Wisner and Stanton conducting searches for people trapped under debris.
PILGER, Nebraska (KPTM) - A storm chaser captured two tornadoes that formed at once, causing damage in several towns south of Norfolk Monday afternoon.
The chaser tracked the tornadoes for nearly 20 minutes, at one point, a third tornado formed.
The storms damaged several towns in the area. Early reports indicate the town of Pilger was mostly wiped out. Rescue crews are searching Pilger and Wakefield for survivors.
FOX 42 news partner KMEG in Sioux City is headed to Pilger, Wisner, and other towns for more information.