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Severe winds leading to damage in Clay County

Clay County took quite the hit from Thursday’s storms, the damage was felt particularly hard with farm equipment in the county.
Published: May. 13, 2022 at 8:11 PM CDT
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CLAY CENTER, Neb. (KSNB) - Clay County took quite the hit from Thursday’s storms, the damage was felt particularly hard with farm equipment in the county.

Grain bins were toppled over and one was even punched in by the winds. Along Highway 6 there are several pivots with sections knocked down.

Clay County Emergency Manager Tim Lewis said the winds were so strong not even a tornado could withstand them.

“We had possibly one small tornado that was engulfed by the straight winds and diminished because the straight winds overpowered the tornado and it was a very powerful storm,” Lewis said. “We’re feeling the impacts of it, we still haven’t been able to get all the damage located and documented yet cause there is just so much of it.”

Even with the damage, Lewis told Local4 News there was a silver lining to the night of storms.

“No injuries, we had one truck get blown off Highway 6 and he was not injured, and another driver was on Highway 6 got lost in the dust storm, and drove off the road and out into a field and on the standing water in the field, but there were no injuries in either incident,” Lewis said.

Lewis also said the lack of injuries speaks to the county being prepared for the extreme weather.

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