Startling Pictures: Twin Tornadoes Slam Nebraska

A town lies in ruins after twisters touched down in northeastern Nebraska on Monday.

Two tornadoes approach Pilger, Nebraska, on Monday.


Much of the small town of Pilger, Nebraska, was flattened Monday afternoon by rare twin tornadoes that killed a child and injured at least 19 people in the northeastern part of the state.

The two twisters touched down within roughly a mile (0.6 kilometers) of each other. Other tornadoes may have also struck the area, and Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman declared a state of emergency.

At least three other northeastern Nebraska towns—Wisner, Stanton, and Pender—sustained damage in Monday's severe weather, CNN reported, with the possibility of more on Tuesday.

Locals took to social media to share dramatic photos of the tornadoes and the damage they wrought:

A woman walks through the devastation in Pilger, Nebraska, on Monday.


Tim Nelson searches for survivors in the ruins of Pilger. The twin tornadoes that hit the region were spawned by the same superstorm.