The Latest: Report says tornado touches down in Nebraska

CHAPMAN, Neb. (AP) — The Latest on severe weather affecting parts of the U.S. (all times local):

7 p.m.

The National Weather Service in Hastings says it has received a report of a tornado in Nebraska.

Trained spotters reported that the twister touched down shortly before 6 p.m. in Chapman, about 12 miles northeast of Grand Island.

Officials at a Chapman fire station and with Merrick County Emergency Management say there have been no reports of any major damage or injuries.

7:30 p.m.

Officials say a tornado has caused damage and injuries in western Kentucky. reports ( that the National Weather Service in Paducah has confirmed a tornado touched down Tuesday afternoon near Mayfield.

The news site reports that homes and businesses in the area have been damaged by the storm, and Kentucky State Police say at least eight people have been injured.

A weather service tornado watch for the region was in effect until 11 p.m. Tuesday.


5:45 p.m.

Family and officials have confirmed the identities of two 76-year-old Oklahoma men who died in Monday’s storms, which spawned tornadoes across the rural landscape of several southern counties.

Garvin County Emergency Management Director Bud Ramming said Tuesday that Chester Barnes was found dead Monday just outside his city of Wynnewood home, which had been “blown apart by the tornado.”

Trish Arredondo says she learned her ex-husband Jackie Brooks, a Milburn resident, also died in the storms when their son called her to deliver the news.

The medical examiner’s office says it is examining the bodies of Barnes and Brooks to determine formal causes of death.

Emergency officials report seven more people were taken to local hospitals with injuries, but report no additional fatalities early Tuesday evening.


4:40 p.m.

Gov. Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency for 15 Oklahoma counties where tornadoes, severe storms and flooding have damaged property and caused two deaths.

The executive order issued by Fallin on Tuesday will permit state agencies to make emergency purchases and acquisitions to expedite the delivery of resources to local communities.

The declaration also marks a first step toward seeking federal disaster assistance should it be necessary. The order can be amended to add additional counties if needed.

Tornadoes on Monday killed two people, one each in Garvin and Johnston counties, injured many more and damaged homes and other buildings across the state.

The counties included in the governor’s emergency declaration are: Atoka, Bryan, Choctaw, Cleveland, Coal, Comanche, Garvin, Johnson, Kay, McCurtain, Murray, Noble, Payne, Stephens and Tillman.


1 p.m.

Surveyors in Oklahoma have found damage consistent with an EF3 tornado in Garvin and Murray counties after a storm on Monday killed two people and damaged buildings throughout the mostly rural area.

National Weather Service meteorologist Rick Smith says survey teams from the National Weather Service in Norman, Oklahoma, found homes Tuesday in Garvin County reduced to rubble with walls and roofs stripped away and inner rooms laid bare.

An EF3 tornado carries wind speeds of 136-165 mph.

Authorities found a man dead Monday in a home near Wynnewood after the tornado-bearing storm passed through the same region where EF3-level damage occurred.

Smith says the National Weather Service in Norman, Oklahoma, sent survey teams Tuesday to at least six sites to investigate possible tornado damage.


6:15 a.m.

Parts of the Great Plains and Ohio Valley could see severe weather Tuesday as two storm systems make their way across the country’s midsection.

The Storm Prediction Center says central and northern Texas — including the Dallas-Fort Worth area — could see large hail and powerful winds Tuesday. In the east, Kentucky, southern Ohio, southern Illinois and southern Indiana are all at risk for bad weather, including tornadoes.

So far, the risk is lower than on Monday, when powerful storms spawned tornadoes across the Great Plains, killing two people in Oklahoma.

In all, the Storm Prediction Center received 23 reports of tornadoes in Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska and Oklahoma. The storms also downed trees and damaged buildings in northeast Texas, and dropped softball-sized hail in Lincoln, Nebraska.


1:30 a.m.

Two people have been killed by strong tornadoes that swept across portions of southern Oklahoma.

Johnston County Sheriff’s Sgt. Stacey Pulley says a man died Monday near the town of Connerville. A storm earlier in the day killed a man in a home near Wynnewood.

Some of Monday’s weather was so bad that forecasters declared a “tornado emergency” for the towns of Roff and Hickory, which were in the path of a storm.

The Oklahoma Office of Emergency Management reported the storms destroyed a radio station building in Coal County and an undetermined number of homes in Murray, Garvin and Johnston counties.

Tornadoes were also reported in Iowa and Nebraska, but there were no immediate reports there of injuries or significant damage.

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