Tornadoes Rake Nebraska And Iowa, Leaving At Least 15 Injured

More than a dozen tornadoes tore across parts of the Midwest on Friday, causing significant damage in several towns. At least 15 people were reported injured in Nebraska as the storms raced east.

1. A massive wedge tornado struck near Wayne, Neb. The storm was reported to be up to two miles wide.

4. The tornado was caught on video as it ripped through the town.

6. The storm caused extensive damage to the town, destroying several buildings.

Tornado damage south side of Wayne, NE...

— kelsey_jordan93 (@Kelsey McGinn)

Another photo of the tornado damage in Wayne.

— action3news (@action3news)

Multiple homed destroyed south of Wayne, NE

— stormtimelapse (@Chad Cowan)

9. Mayor Ken Chamberlain said all of the residents in town were accounted for and at least 15 people were hurt.

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10. Widespread damage was captured on video.

11. The system continued to push east and develop across Iowa on Friday night.

Major damage from tornado in Quimby, IA around 730 pm cdt. This tornado is heading toward Cherokee. Take shelter now! #iawx

— NWSSiouxFalls (@NWS Sioux Falls)

12. Damage was seen in Sloan, Iowa.

13. As well as Moville, Iowa.

Here's another house SE of Moville, IA damaged by a tornado. Roof gone, windows out. #iawx

— dangottschalk (@Dan Gottschalk)

Just went past a house SE of Moville that half of the farmhouse was swept clean to the foundation from the tornado. #iawx

— dangottschalk (@Dan Gottschalk)

A mile-wide tornado touched down near the town of Cherokee, Iowa, cutting a 2- to 3-mile path through farmland but missing any population centers, the state Department of Homeland Security told the Associated Press.

16. Experienced storm chaser Reed Timmer was hospitalized while chasing the storms after he suffered an apparent seizure. He is recovering at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa.

NEW: Dr Forbes: at least 17 reported #tornadoes across Nebraska & Iowa this evening | #NEwx #IAwx

— WCL_Shawn (@Shawn Reynolds)

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