NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - Red Willow County was the first to see rotation Friday, but severe storm activity moved northeast through Frontier, Dawson, and Custer Counties by 10 pm.
AINSLEY NICHOLS SENT IN THIS GREAT SHOT OF A TWISTER THAT TOUCHED DOWN NEAR FARNAM AROUND 7 P.M FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019
North Platte had the opportunity for severe weather Friday, but by 11 p.m. the town only saw occasional rain, wind, and a very small amount of hail in some parts of town. The severe weather, instead, hit areas around North Platte.
Reports of hail in Stapleton, and more than one tornado south of North Platte, the first was over 70 miles away in Red Willow County. By 6 p.m., those first reports of a tornado touchdown between Culbertson and McCook. Reports after of at least one house in McCook damaged, and some center pivot damage near Culbertson.
The storm produced more severe weather as it traveled across country toward Stockville. Sirens went off in Curtis, but the storm opted east toward Moorefield and Farnam.
In Farnam, reports of powerlines downed across the highway, and one unconfirmed report of a farmstead south of Farnam with severe damage. One man told us that he counted at least five tornadoes - three in the sky, and two that touched down near Farnam.
The storm lost intensity for a short time, but regained intensity and regrouped as it headed toward Cozad, and then further north toward Oconto and Callaway.
Meteorologists say there is still a possibility for severe weather continuing into the night.
No injuries due to the storm have been reported at this time.