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Tornadoes Devastate Parts of Northeast Nebraska

Mother Nature’s force reeked havoc in Nebraska Monday evening when a deadly duo of massive, fast-moving tornadoes rained down  on Monday evening.

A severe storm system created multiple tornadoes in northeast Nebraska Monday, including simultaneous tornadoes Pilger, Nebraska located in the northeast part of the state which was reportedly devastated after winds of up to  200MPH  ripped though the town leveling  homes, neighborhoods and a middle school in ruins.

Another nearby town, Stanton, which has an estimated population 1,500, was pummeled as well.

One person has been killed and 16 were said to be critically injured.

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Much of eastern Nebraska, northern Iowa and southern Minnesota remained under a tornado watch as of late afternoon. The entire region was under a “moderate” risk of severe storms through the rest of the day, the Storm Prediction Center reported, with violent tornadoes possible.

Additional storms will roll through Omaha, Neb., Monday, home of the College World Series, AccuWeather predicted.

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Storm Chasers Oklahoma

Storm Chasers Tim Samaras, 55, his son Paul, 24, and crew member Carl Young, 45,  were the three men  who were killed during Friday’s tornado El Reno, Oklahoma.

Storm Chasers killed in Oklahoma

The three men all veteran and experts in their field were well known for their daring work on Discovery Channel show Storm Chasers. Tim and Paul  Samaras  a father-and-son team  and their long-time partner and Carl Young  were heard on audio screaming ‘we’re going to die, we’re going to die’ on highway patrol radio moments before they were killed by one of the savage twisters they’d devoted their lives to following.

The tornado that claimed their lives packed winds of up to 165 mph picked up their car and threw it,   somersaulting through the air for around a half a mile.

The elder Samaras’ body was still belted into their Chevrolet Cobalt, which was found on an county road parallel to Interstate 40. The other victims’ bodies were found half a mile to the east and half a mile to the west.

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Meterologist Mike Nelson, a friend, said  ‘Tim was not a cowboy, he was as cautious as possible about his approach to studying these dangerous storms’

This latest deadly twister, which killed at least 13 people  came just two weeks after  an EF5  tornado hit Moore, Oklahoma and killed 24 people.

Canadian County under-sheriff Chris West said he believes the experienced storm chasers were attempting to parallel the storm on the county road and it either changed course or another vortex appeared.

Tim,  described as a courageous and brilliant scientist who fearlessly pursued tornadoes and lightning in the field in an effort to better understand these phenomena.

The National Geographic Society made 18 grants to Tim for research over the years for field work like he was doing in Oklahoma at the time of his death, and he was one of our 2005 Emerging Explorers.
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A tornado is a violently rotating column of air that is in contact with both the surface of the earth and a cumulonimbus cloud or, in rare cases, the base of a cumulus cloud. They are often referred to as twisters or cyclones,  although the word cyclone is used in meteorology, in a wider sense, to name any closed low pressure circulation. Tornadoes come in many shapes and sizes, but they are typically in the form of a visible condensation funnel, whose narrow end touches the earth and is often encircled by a cloud of debris and dust. Most tornadoes have wind speeds less than 110 miles per hour (177 km/h), are about 250 feet (76 m) across, and travel a few miles (several kilometers) before dissipating. The most extreme tornadoes can attain wind speeds of more than 300 miles per hour (483 km/h), stretch more than two miles (3.2 km) across, and stay on the ground for dozens of miles (more than 100 km).

Tornado's Oklahoma

Oklahoma Tornado Assistance

Tornado Assistance needed!

Tornado aftermath, Authorities in  Oklahoma along with thousands of volunteers,  continue to search the rubble for any sign of life and hope following Monday’s devastating tornadoes.

The mile-wide tornado touched down near Oklahoma City on Monday, killing dozens of people—including children—decimating homes, businesses and a pair of elementary schools in the suburb of Moore.

Disaster Relief:

 Damage assessments show the tornado that hit Oklahoma had wind speeds over 200 miles per hour

You can help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods and other crises by making a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief.

The Red Cross has set up shelters in various communities. You can donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund here, and the organization also suggests giving blood at your local hospital or blood bank. Fundraising efforts were buoyed Tuesday by a $1 million pledge from Kevin Durant, of the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team, via his family foundation.

If you’re searching for a missing relative, check Red Cross Safe & Well’s site.  And please register if you’re within the disaster region. The site is designed to make communication easier after a tragedy like this.

If you want to send a $10 donation to the Disaster Relief fund via text message, you can do so by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999. As in the case with other donations via mobile, the donation will show up on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your balance if you have a prepaid phone. You need to be 18 or older, or have parental permission, to donate this way. (If you change your mind, text the word STOP to 90999.)

The Red Cross also accepts frequent flier miles as donations. Delta, United Airlines and US Airways partner with the Red Cross throughout the year, which uses miles to help get volunteers and staff to key locations during disasters. (Note: The donation is not tax-deductible as the IRS considers it a gift.) For Delta, email: delta.bids@delta-air.com with your SkyMiles number, the number of miles you want to donate, and specify the Red Cross as the charity. You can donate miles online at United Airlines Donate Your Miles and US Airways Dividend Miles.

Phone: 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767); for Spanish speakers, 1-800-257-7575; for TDD, 1-800-220-4095.

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