There were reports of five funnel tornadoes touching down in Lincoln County late Sunday night, including one large tornado south of North Platte that caused damage to at least two houses. The National Weather Service has confirmed that at least two tornadoes did touch down.
Power outages and multiple reports of down power lines are being reported throughout the county.
A tornado warning went into effect for central Lincoln County just after 9 PM on Sunday. Tornadoes were spotted around North Platte within the next hour, including west of town, and south near Lake Maloney. One tornado was spotted by a spotter and by law enforcement near Buffalo Rd. and North River Rd. in North Platte. There are confirmed reports of damage to homes and vehicles.
Mark Boyle of KCTV in Kansas City, MO reported late Sunday that two people were hospitalized. This report has been confirmed by a local source.
There are also reports of damage to Bailey Yard, with a reported fifteen train cars being overturned by the storms.
The attached image was tweeted by multiple sources. It is of a tornado and power flash west of North Platte.
At 11:40 PM, Severe Studios posted to it’s Twitter account: “Preliminary survey from North Platte: 3 homes heavy damage, several power poles snapped, 1 injury. Bailey Yards area.” This contradicts earlier reports that two were injured.
Volunteers are opening a shelter at the North Platte Rec Center for those affected by the storms.
We will continue to update information as it becomes available.