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A pair of tornadoes roar across eastern Nebraska Monday afternoon in this image from the Weather Channel. / The Weather Channel

At least one person has died and scores more injured after tornadoes struck in Nebraska on Monday.

One fatality from the small town of Pilger was brought into Faith Regional Medical Center in Norfolk and at least 15 people have been brought in with critical injuries, said Jacque Genovese, the hospital's director of marketing and public information officer for the weather incident.

The Associated Press reported the number of those critically injured was 16.

All the residents of the town of Pilger - some 350 people - evacuated their homes, many leaving for shelters in nearby towns.

"More than half of the town is gone - absolutely gone," Stanton County Commissioner Jerry Weatherholt said. "The co-op is gone, the grain bins are gone, and it looks like almost every house in town has some damage. It's a complete mess."

Emergency crews and residents spent the evening sifting through demolished homes and businesses in the town about 80 miles northwest of Omaha.

Stanton County Sheriff Mike Unger estimated that 50 to 75 percent of Pilger was heavily damaged or destroyed in the storm. The local school is likely beyond repair, he said.

"It's total devastation," Unger said.

Photos and videos from other storm chasers in the region showed at least two tornadoes spinning across farmland in eastern Nebraska.

Across the region, there were 30 reports of tornadoes Monday, the Storm Prediction Center reported.

On Tuesday, more severe weather is forecast from the northern Plains to the Great Lakes, but the threat level is not as high as it was on Monday.

Contributing: Associated Press



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