LINCOLN, Neb. — While Winter Storm Atlas pounded the Rockies Thursday night, warm air ahead of it stirred up thunderstorms and at least one damaging tornado in eastern Nebraska.
No injuries have been reported, but several businesses and homes were damaged south of Lincoln.
National Weather Service meteorologist Barbara Mayes says the tornado was first spotted just after 10 p.m. Thursday, two miles east of Hickman in Lancaster County. The twister roared northeast into or near the towns of Bennet and Palmyra before lifting up.
Mayes says the storm carried straight-line winds that damaged homes and knocked down trees in Plattsmouth, which sits about 20 miles south of Omaha.
StormChasingVideo.com captured the nighttime tornado on video.
More severe weather is expected in the Midwest Friday, as Winter Storm Atlas mixes with warm air ahead of it. Stay with Weather.com through the evening for updates.
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