That’s REALLY big and damaging hail as vicious storms formed Saturday afternoon and dropped 2-3.75″ hail with confirmed tornadoes in portions of SE Nebraska.
Whoa! The supercell thunderstorm in Beatrice, NE just produced 5” diameter hail. These thunderstorms and some near Omaha will evolve & head south affecting KC area 8-11 PM. Damaging wind is the main threat. @KSHB41 pic.twitter.com/D7UdLESR78
— Jeff Penner (@JeffPennerKSHB) June 11, 2022
Hail the size of a baseball, extreme wind, and torrential rains have left residents of southeast Nebraska picking up these pieces. Here in Beatrice, hail damaged vehicles, downed tree limbs, and busy roofing businesses were the story on Sunday.
— Bill ☈ entschler (@WxRentschler) June 11, 2022
In the early evening on Saturday, warnings from the National Weather Service began to file in and the weather began to ramp up. Ashlynn Guzman was in town to watch it all unfold.
“It was really windy, kind of dark, raining and then just hail… Out of nowhere,” Guzman said. “Then it just continuously got bigger.”
— Denise Gutzmer (@DroughtDenise) June 11, 2022
All of Gage County, and others in the area, were under a long tornado warning and just before 5:30, law enforcement confirmed a tornado near Wymore, about a dozen miles south of Beatrice. At the time of the storm, Guzman’s vehicle was parked outdoors in an apartment complex in east Beatrice. It suffered permanent damage.
“It hurt my heart a little bit… I just got it about six months ago,” Guzman said. “It is totaled, but I will get a new car.”
— Blaise (블레이즈) (@blaisemkeller) June 11, 2022
Guzman’s vehicle suffered massive windshield cracks, dents to the hood and roof, a broken mirror, and even a busted rear window. One man told News Channel Nebraska he was DoorDashing during the storm when hail broke his windshield. He said he believed golf balls sized hail was average.
Rachyl Nimitch was away from town when the storm hit and came home to the heavy damage. Sunday, she and her family were cleaning up.
— Melissa Constanzer (@ConstanzerWx) June 12, 2022
“There were huge branches all over, we’re just now picking up all the leaves,” Nimitch said. “We have had roofing estimators at our house… It’s horrible.”
@hurricanetrack @DylanFedericoWX Saturday afternoon following this systems bombardment of Beatrice, NE with hail and tornados into Kansas the sirens were wailing in Manhattan, KS as this critter dissipated.And yes, the sky was teal in color! pic.twitter.com/UFmQbQTw0e
— Robert Glas (@GlasNav) June 12, 2022
Those roofing estimators were kept busy on Sunday, including Dion Hancock, the owner of Roof Guard in Sterling.
“These roofs are pretty beat up… It’s obvious this was some big hail,” Hancock said. “A lot of your gutters and soft metals are damaged.”
Hancock said Roof Guard spent their day on roofs, making estimates, and performing quick repairs to limit further damage. [NewsChannelNebraska]
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