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Twin tornadoes pummel U.S. state of Nebraska, killing one

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 - 01:06

June 17 - A swarm of tornadoes, some appearing two at a time, strike several farming communities in northeastern Nebraska, killing at least one person and injuring 16 others. Sarah Toms reports.

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This is a rare sight. Amateur video captures the moment when twin tornadoes touch down in the U.S. state of Nebraska. But it's happened not once but twice. Here a pair of twisters slam into the town of Pilger simultaneously. And in different footage another couple strike in Wakefield, tearing up farmland. The swarm of tornadoes were part of a super thunderstorm system, packing winds of up to 265 kilometres per hour (165 miles). The small town of Pilger appeared to have sustained the worse damage. At last one of the tornadoes directly hit, devastating the town. More than a dozen people were injured in the powerful winds and at least one person was killed. Here in Wakefield a farm is flattened and the debris from damaged buildings can be seen spiralling around the funnels. A state of emergency has been declared in Nebraska and rescue crews are scrambling to dig for victims trapped under the rubble.

Twin tornadoes pummel U.S. state of Nebraska, killing one

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 - 01:06

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