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UPDATE: NWS Hastings confirms nine tornadoes

Local4's David Stoltz caught up with the National Weather Service in Hastings to discuss Wednesday's tornadoes.
Published: Dec. 17, 2021 at 10:12 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 17, 2021 at 10:13 AM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - National Weather Service officials were kept busy Thursday assessing the damage left behind by Wednesday’s severe weather that spawned nine tornadoes in our area.

Meteorologists from the NWS Hastings office surveyed several tornado tracks across a six county area of south central Nebraska.

In summary, so far nine tornadoes have been confirmed. Five of the tornadoes were rated EF-1 and two tornadoes EF-0. A combination of field observation, reports from the public and emergency management and radar information were taken into account to develop the tracks.

Surveys in Buffalo and Kearney counties (north of Minden and east of the city of Kearney) revealed two more EF-0 tornado paths.

The National Weather Service in Hastings has confirmed seven tornadoes in south central...
The National Weather Service in Hastings has confirmed seven tornadoes in south central Nebraska on Wednesday.(KSNB)

After a long day, Mike Moritz, a meteorologist with the Hastings National Weather Service office was able to stop by the Local4 station to answer some questions about what he thought of the December severe weather that affected many people just nine days before Christmas.

“Well, I’ve been with the weather service for almost 28 years and in my own mind I would put it in a top 10 storm of all time and comparing it in December reminds me a lot of December 25th of 2016 when we had tornadoes in the area,” said Moritz. “Although this one was quite a bit stronger wind wise and did a little more damage and had the strong winds on the backside as well like that event. So a lot like the 2016 event just not on Christmas day.”

The damage surveys aren`t completely done yet. Staff from the NWS Hastings office will look at more damage in the area Friday.

The following path information is considered preliminary until final publication in 2 to 3 months.

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