Severe Weather Hits Lincoln Area

LINCOLN - A supercell storm system that spawned a tornado has damaged homes and businesses in several eastern Nebraska communities. No injuries have been reported. National Weather Service meteorologist Barbara Mayes says the tornado was first spotted just after 10 p.m. Thursday, two miles east of Hickman in Lancaster County. The twister roared northeast into or near the towns of Bennet and Palmyra before lifting up. Mayes says the storm carried straight-line winds that damaged homes and knocked down trees in Plattsmouth, which sits about 20 miles south of Omaha. Heavy rain also was reported, including more than 2 inches in Lincoln and 1.5 inches in Omaha by 1 a.m. Friday.