October 4, 2013

Huge tornadoes strike Iowa and Nebraska; mild storms hit KC

15 injured in Wayne, Neb., where some people were trapped. Strong winds buffeted central Kansas late Friday afternoon, but storms diminished before reaching KC.

Kansas City was spared any severe weather from the line of thunderstorms that blew through the area Friday night.

But to the north, large tornadoes touched down in Iowa and Nebraska.

A tornado that struck the northeast Nebraska town of Wayne caused millions of dollars in damage, but the mayor says no one was killed and the injuries reported have been minor.

Mayor Ken Chamberlain said Friday that officials have accounted for all residents in town. At least 15 people were injured, but Chamberlain says nobody’s condition is life-threatening.

Sioux City television station KTIV says the tornado caused millions of dollars in damage. Photos show widespread destruction to businesses and the local airport. Witnesses also reported that the tornado destroyed at least four homes and the city’s softball complex.

A Nebraska Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman says people were trapped in a building in Wayne. A hazardous material crew was dispatched to a gas leak at a supply company.

Other injuries were reported in Macy, but no fatalities. Officials in Macy have imposed a curfew.

At least two tornadoes were reported near Sioux City, Iowa, causing extensive property damage in the northwest part of that state. Affected communities were Moville, Pierson, Quimby and Cherokee.

The storms that hit Kansas City brought heavy rain, lightning and wind gusts of 30 to 40 miles per hour. Scattered power outages were reported.

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