By: Channel 8 Newsroom
WAYNE, Neb. (AP) _ A tornado that struck the northeast Nebraska town of Wayne caused millions of dollars in damage, but the mayor says no one was killed and the injuries reported have been minor.
Mayor Ken Chamberlain said Friday that officials have accounted for all residents in town. At least 15 people were injured, but Chamberlain says nobody's condition is life-threatening. Officials say the tornado caused millions of dollars in damage. Photos show widespread destruction to businesses and the local airport. Witnesses also reported that the tornado destroyed at least four homes and the city's softball complex.
A Nebraska Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman says people were trapped in a building in Wayne. A hazardous material crew was dispatched to a gas leak at a supply company.
Governor Dave Heineman has issued an emergency declaration for the area surrounding Wayne after a tornado struck the northeast Nebraska town.
A Nebraska Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman said Friday that state officials were traveling to the town to help with the response effort. A hazardous material team was on its way to Wayne to evaluate a gas leak at a supply company.
NEMA spokeswoman Jodie Fawl says early reports indicate that the majority of buildings damaged in Wayne were businesses. Fawl says three farmhouses in Antelope County were also damaged, but it wasn't immediately clear whether they were hit by a tornado.
Channel 8 Eyewitness News has a crew in Wayne and we'll have the latest tonight in our news.