Level Double Twisters Nebraska City, killing 5-year-old girl

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A storm with two rare tornado ripped through a small farming village in northeastern Nebraska, killing a girl of 5 years, so that deposits, beverage cans and dozens of homes flattened by crumpled like discarded grains.
All residents of the city of pilgrims – about 350 people – evacuated from their homes, so that many shelters in the surrounding villages after the powerful hurricane closed the area Monday afternoon. Nebraska State Patrol closed all roads in the city.
"More than half of the city is gone – completely gone," said Stanton District Jerry Weatherford. "The cooperative is gone, grain silos are gone, and it seems that almost every house in the city has some damage. It is a complete disaster."
Rescue workers and residents spent the night sift destroyed homes and businesses in the city about 80 miles northwest of Omaha.
Stanton County Sheriff Mike Unger estimates that 50 to 75 percent of the pilgrims was severely damaged or destroyed by the storm. The local school is probably beyond repair, he said.
"It's total devastation," Unger said.
The storm was part of a larger system, which began to pursue over the nation's midsection on Monday afternoon. More stormy weather forecast on Tuesday, in an area stretching from Eastern Montana to New York. The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, said strong winds, large hail and a few tornadoes are possible, especially in Iowa, Wisconsin and northern Illinois.
The Stanton County Sheriff's Office said a 5-year-old was killed, but did not identify the boy or details about the circumstances of death. Stanton County Sheriff's Deputy Josh Bennett said the dead child was a girl.
At least 19 people were taken to hospitals for treatment.
Double TwistersThe National Weather Service said that two tornadoes landed within about a mile of the other. Crews planned to investigate the area Tuesday to determine the intensity of the unusual double tornadoes, said Barbara Mayes, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Valley.
"It is less common than the two tornadoes to stay together for so long, especially with the same intensity," he said. "No way is unprecedented. But we do not often see."
The authorities expect residents on Tuesday morning back to assess damage and collect items of immediate value. The Stanton County Sheriff's Office said the police would the residents back to accompany their properties.
Jodi Richey, a spokeswoman for the regional health services Fe near Norfolk, of the 16 people have been treated at the facility. Some of them were in critical condition, but the others were discharged after treatment.
Providence Medical Center in Wayne under three tornado victims, including two who had the cuts, said hospital spokeswoman Sandy Bartling. Two of them were released Monday night, and the third in a stable condition.
Officials said the first tornado at about 03.45 clock and several power lines downed before him a farm.
Then, a second tornado southwest was discovered by pilgrims, according to the Bureau County Sheriff Stanton. Soon after, the town suffered a "direct hit", the several buildings, including the building of the fire destroyed.

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Nebraska, Dave Heineman, Governor declared a state of emergency and the National Guard was preparing to support the local rescue services and help with the cleanup. Heineman was expected and officials Emergency Management Agency Nebraska Tuesday morning to come.
A shelter was set up at Wisner-pilgrims Jr.-Sr. High School near Wisner. A dozen residents had reached the shelter at 9:30 and school officials expected more coming later said Wisner Pilger Schools Superintendent Chad Boyer.
"I have to use just one word – the devastation," Boyer said by telephone from inside the school. "It is a great loss for the city."
The tornado also caused damage in Wayne and Cuming counties, Nebraska Emergency Management Agency said in a press release. Meteorologists at the National Weather Service is also pursuing a tornado near Burwell, reported in central Nebraska. Mayes said the service had received no reports of damage.