Shaun Tanner has been a meteorologist at Weather Underground since 2004.
By: Shaun Tanner , 6:11 AM GMT on June 03, 2014
A severe weather outbreak is expected from central Nebraska through western Illinois, and this is a live blog to keep you up-to-date. Check back often and for the latest.
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The Storm Prediction Center has upgraded the risk of severe weather for parts of the Plains and Midwest. A moderate risk surrounds the high risk area. This is a dangerous situation for Nebraska, Iowa, and surround states.
3:11 PM CT: #Tornado Watches now extend through #NE
4:02 PM CT: There is a chance the #thunderstorms could form a #derecho into the evening.
4:09 PM CT: Very intense rain and strong winds about to move into the Omaha area.
4:26 PM CT: Temperature drop at our weather station in Blair, Nebraska. 16 digs in 10 min.
4:40 PM CT: Skies looking very gloomy over downtown Omaha.
4:42 PM CT: Sirens are being sounded in Crescent, NE due to winds >70 mph.
4:44 PM CT: #Thunderstorm complex now moving through Omaha: very large hail and strong wind.
4:52 PM CT: Confirmed #tornado 8 miles southwest of Ericson, NE. Take cover now!
5:07 PM CT: Seeing multiple reports of tennis ball-sized hail in Blair, #NE. Damage to trees and homes.
5:17 PM CT: Confirmed #tornado 7 miles south of Spalding. Hook echo very evident.
5:23 PM CT: Wild-looking structure with thunderstorm complex east of Omaha.
6:43 PM CT: The Omaha airport has been closed for 2 hours as they are experiencing flash flooding on entrance and exit roads into the terminal.
8:56 PM CT: Supercells in western #KS now firing off #Tornado Warnings.
9:09 PM CT: Large areas of NE, IA, and MO seeing effects of severe thunderstorms.
9:13 PM CT: Omaha Airport has now reopened after severe weather closure.
9:16 PM CT: NWSOmaha: Roughly 4.60" of rainfall at Eppley Airport so far and still raining.
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