17 tornadoes hit state in 2004
Ten years ago, on May 22, 2004, one of the worst severe weather outbreaks affected south central and eastern Nebraska during the afternoon and evening, according to National Weather Service officials in Hastings.
In south central Nebraska, no less than 17 different tornadoes rolled across the area. The devastating Hallam tornado also occurred in eastern Nebraska on this day.
Tornadoes in south central Nebraska damaged dozens of homes and a few were destroyed.
In addition, more than 250 center irrigation pivots were affected and hundreds of power poles were snapped, resulting in many miles of downed electrical lines.
Large hail and strong straight line winds (up to 80 mph) also wreaked havoc on the region.
In the end, property damage of more than $17 million, and about $5 million in crop damage, was reported. In today’s numbers, officials said the total damage across south central Nebraska totaled nearly $30 million.