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Brian Davidson, a freelance photojournalist and storm chaser in Pilger, Nebraska, around 5 p.m., said the northern part of Pilger had been hit by one or two tornadoes.
Every structure he could see for five or six blocks had been damaged. Some injuries may have occurred. Pilger, in Stanton County, has a population of 378.
Stanton County emergency officials could not be reached by telephone.
"There's no street signs left," Davidson said. "Cars are tossed."
He also saw a car inside a home. "It's very chaotic here right now."
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SIOUX FALLS SD
547 PM CDT MON JUN 16 2014
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SIOUX FALLS HAS ISSUED A
* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SOUTHWESTERN PLYMOUTH COUNTY IN NORTHWEST IOWA...
NORTHWESTERN WOODBURY COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL IOWA...
NORTHEASTERN DAKOTA COUNTY IN NORTHEAST NEBRASKA...
SOUTHEASTERN UNION COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST SOUTH DAKOTA...
* UNTIL 630 PM CDT
* AT 543 PM CDT...A CONFIRMED TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR JACKSON...AND
MOVING NORTHEAST AT 30 MPH.
HAZARD...DAMAGING TORNADO AND PING PONG BALL SIZE HAIL.
SOURCE...WEATHER SPOTTERS CONFIRMED TORNADO.
IMPACT...FLYING DEBRIS WILL BE DANGEROUS TO THOSE CAUGHT WITHOUT
SHELTER. MOBILE HOMES WILL BE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED. DAMAGE
TO ROOFS...WINDOWS AND VEHICLES WILL OCCUR. TREE DAMAGE IS
* THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR...
SOUTH SIOUX CITY AROUND 555 PM CDT.
NORTH SIOUX CITY AND STONE STATE PARK AROUND 600 PM CDT.
JEFFERSON AROUND 605 PM CDT.
THIS STORM HAS A HISTORY OF PRODUCING TORNADOES. TAKE COVER IN A
BASEMENT OR STORM SHELTER NOW!
LAT...LON 4279 9649 4271 9625 4243 9643 4249 9663
TIME...MOT...LOC 2247Z 205DEG 28KT 4245 9656
Severe weather unfolding across portions of the northern Plains have spawned multiple tornadoes across Nebraska, causing damage to at least one structure. The Lincoln Journal Star is reporting catastrophic damage to the town of Pilger, Nebraska according to reports from the scene.
The severe weather threat is expected to encompass areas from Omaha, Nebraska to Minneapolis, Minnesota. Minneapolis, along with Des Moines, Iowa and Madison Wisconsin is expected to be impacted later Monday evening.