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Sirens sounded across Lincoln on Tuesday night as a strong thunderstorm that dropped large hail in Seward showed signs of heavy rotation as it approached Lancaster County.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning at 10:30 p.m., prompting emergency management officials to sound sirens across Lincoln minutes later.

At 10:43 a.m., law enforcement tracking the storm reported a tornado on the ground near Interstate 80 southwest of Malcolm. Tracked on radar, the rotation continued to move rapidly northeast before forecasters said it weakened as storms moved through Raymond.

The Lincoln area was cleared of the tornado warning at 10:56 a.m. and at 11:04 a.m. the tornado warning was lifted for northern Lancaster County.

There were no immediate reports of tornado damage, but law enforcement said debris was evident along I-80 near the Pleasant Dale exit west of Lincoln.

As the tornado threat waned in Lincoln, the strong storms continued, with severe thunderstorm warnings extending from eastern Nebraska to the Hastings area and further west.

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There were reports of egg-sized hail in Seward at 10:30 a.m. and near Malcolm at 10:48 a.m. Observers said hail the size of ping-pong balls covered the ground at Branched Oak Lake at 10:57 a.m.

At 11:27 p.m., the Weather Service issued a new tornado warning for Cass and Sarpy counties as the spin-off into a severe storm redeveloped near Greenwood, where campers were reported knocked down at a campground -cars along I-80.

This is a developing story. Stay with JournalStar.com for updates.



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