Friday's storm produces multiple tornadoes

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. On Friday parts of Western and Central Nebraska would begin as a nice warm spring day, But by late afternoon things would take a drastic change.

At approximately 4:40 p.m. a tornado touched down near Atwood, KS. It would be the first of many throughout the four hour storm.

National Weather Service of North Platte's Chief Meteorologist Cliff Cole said an EF-3 was reported in Frontier county.

"We have a preliminary damage report of an EF-3 down in Frontier County. Structurally the EF-1 rating is considered minor damage," said Cole.

"When you get up into the EF-3 category that's when you're talking about major structural damage to homes such as the roof being lifted off and moved. Even damage to the walls of the home itself."

One of the positive aspects of the storm is none of the tornadoes took direct aim at a city or town.

"Most of the damage was to out buildings on farms. There was some damage to homes. We didn't have that problem where we have a town directly in the path of it. "

While this storm didn't catch many people by surprise, it was certainly a reminder of how powerful they can be. And this is just the beginning of the season for Nebraska.

"The prime tornado season is May and June. Once we get into the month of July the winds aloft become a little weaker and not quite so supportive. But they still occur in July also."