Weather service confirms powerful tornado in Neb.

June 21, 2011 - 5:14 PM

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The National Weather Service says at least one powerful tornado ripped through central Nebraska on Monday night, destroying a home but sparing rural residents.

The service in Hastings says the EF3 tornado hit a rural area just north of Amhearst, flattening a home.

Meteorologist Ryan Pfannkuch (fahn-KOO) says the family who lived in the home was vacationing in Florida at the time.

The service has photos of another weaker tornado near Elm Creek. No injuries have been reported from Monday night's storms that raked much of the eastern half of Nebraska.

Pfannkuch says other tornadoes are likely to be confirmed by teams out in the field studying the damage.

To the east, teams are investigating whether a tornado hit Fremont, but said no confirmation had been made by Tuesday afternoon.