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Twin tornadoes in Nebraska leave two dead, small town destroyed

A tornado in the hamlet of Pilger, Neb., flattened St. John's Lutheran Church and reduced the center of town to rubble, injuring 15 people and killing two.
By Frances Burns   |   June 17, 2014 at 1:30 PM   |   Comments

PILGER, Neb., June 17 (UPI) -- At least two people were killed and much of the town destroyed when twin tornadoes hit Pilger, Neb., a hamlet of about 400 people.

Immediately after the tornadoes struck Monday afternoon, emergency workers began going door to door, looking for the injured.

"It's 10 times worse than Wayne," Stanton County Sheriff Mike Unger told rescue crews, referring to a tornado that hit the nearby town of Wayne last October. "Those of you who remember that -- it's 10 times worse, 10 times."

Most of the buildings were destroyed in a six-block-square area that was downtown Pilger. St. John's Lutheran Church was marked by a pile of debris.

At least 15 people were hurt. The Stanton County Sheriff's Office said one of the dead was a 5-year-old child.

Authorities said the first tornado hit a farmhouse with four people sheltering inside, gutting it. The second touched down in the center of town.

Topics: St. John
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