More severe weather Tuesday night


Associated Press

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 17 at 11:03 PM

PILGER, Neb. (AP) — Northern Nebraska has seen more severe weather on Tuesday night, with a few tornadoes spotted, but no immediate reports of injuries.

The latest storms follow the monster tornadoes that devastated the tiny farming town of Pilger (PIHL'-gur) on Monday.

Much of the community is gone and two people, including a 5-year-old girl, are dead. The disaster, delivered by twin twisters that traveled side by side for an extended period, left some residents doubting whether the town could rebuild.

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman flew over Pilger in a helicopter Tuesday morning and then walked through the town, trailed by reporters. He called it "by far the worst thing" he's ever seen as governor.

Up to 75 percent of the buildings in Pilger were heavily damaged or destroyed. The tornado destroyed much of the small downtown, leaving piles of bricks that had been storefronts in the street.

Homes south and west of downtown fared even worse, with most reduced to piles of debris or gone entirely.

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213-a-12-(Brody Mattson, tornado survivor, in AP interview)-"graduated high school"-Tornado survivor Brody Mattson says the first thing he found in the rubble was his mother's old Bible. (17 Jun 2014)

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212-a-18-(Brody Mattson, tornado survivor, in AP interview)-"everything's just gone"-Brody Mattson says the tornado took out his house, the cars - everything. (17 Jun 2014)

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216-a-11-(Heather Kneifl, bank employee in Pilger, Neb., in interview)-"just very scary"-Heather Kneifl says bank workers emerged from the shelter of the bank vault to a pile of tornado wreckage. COURTESY: ABC-9 Sioux City, Iowa ((mandatory on-air credit)) EMBARGO: May not be used in Sioux City, Iowa market (17 Jun 2014)

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178-a-11-(Sheriff Mike Unger, Stanton County, at news conference)-"critically injured female"-Stanton County Sheriff Mike Unger says one of the tornado fatalities was a five-year-old girl. (17 Jun 2014)

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177-a-09-(Sheriff Mike Unger, Stanton County, at news conference)-"library, severe damage"-Stanton County Sheriff Mike Unger says the downtown area of Pilger was hit hard. (17 Jun 2014)

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APPHOTO NENH205: This Tuesday, June 17, 2014, aerial photo, shows the devastated town of Pilger, Neb. On Monday, a storm packing rare dual tornadoes tore through the tiny farming town in northeast Nebraska, killing a 5-year-old girl, leaving grain bins crumpled like discarded soda cans and flattening dozens of homes. (AP Photo/Dakota Aerials, Dave Tunge) (17 Jun 2014)

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APPHOTO RPJF103: People work amid the rubble Pilger, Neb., on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, after a tornado destroyed more than half the town Monday. Residents spent the day sifting through the debris, while Gov. Dave Heineman declared that the town will rebuild. (AP Photo/Josh Funk) (17 Jun 2014)

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