By: Sabrina Ahmed
We saw some light rain and heard a few rumbles of thunder here in Lincoln, but the situation in Kearney was much more devastating. One woman even lost her home.
Crews worked nonstop cleaning up the debris that is now all over the University of Nebraska Kearney and across the town. The storm brought 60 to 70 mile per hour winds, and gusts that rivaled hurricane speeds.
"I don't even know if it's really hit me yet, like the magnitude of the damage, I guess we'll find out more when more information comes out," UNK Sophomore Andrew Limbach said.
Multiple layers of the campus library's roof were ripped apart in the wind, and they landed all over the yard out front.
"When it opened up, the water just poured into the library from the roof all the way down to the basement level of the library," UNK Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance, Barbara Johnson, said.
Thousands of books were either ruined or damaged. Officials have the books covering the grounds of the library to let them air dry.
The fine arts building also has roof damage. Debris landed around the building and water poured in, ruining performance materials and costumes.
Two inches of rain in two hours caused flash flooding around town.
On the other side of town, a mobile home was completely destroyed, leaving a woman homeless. The roof flew over one trailer, it came from the trailer on the other side of the yard. It flew about 30 yards in the wind.
Part of the roof landed on the homeowner's neighbor's truck. The other part is still in the backyard.
Luckily, no one was home, but the homeowner did not have insurance.
"It's bad enough in a house, let alone a mobile home, you know they're not built as good as a home but you know it's still a home. Still to see someone lose a home is heartbreaking," Manager of Countryside Mobile Home Park, CJ Brandt, said.
The good news from all of this is there are no reports of any injuries. At one point, about 10 thousand people were without power in the Kearney area because of down power lines.
Nebraska Public Power District said it has that down to about 100 people now.