Tornado damages at least six homes near Grand Island | State and Area News


Half a dozen or more homes in the Grand Island area were damaged by a tornado early Monday.

The Hall County Sheriff’s Office deployed a drone that located the damage in southeast Grand Island, heading northwest along Gunbarrel Road.

The National Weather Service has confirmed that an EF-1 tornado, with winds reaching 110 mph, traveled nearly 10 miles after forming 4 miles south of Grand Island just after midnight.

The Hastings Weather Service office said homes were damaged, including blown windows, torn shingles and damaged siding. At least one house has lost part of its decking. In Merrick County, a century-old barn was among the outbuildings destroyed by the tornado.

Some customers in the area lost power due to the storm, Hall County officials said. Power was restored to all but one residence at 11 a.m.

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