Tornadoes hit northeastern Nebraska, property damage reported

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Two tornados approach Pilger, Neb., Monday June 16, 2014. The National Weather Service said at least two twisters touched down within roughly a mile of each other Monday in northeast Nebraska. (AP Photo/Eric Anderson)
Ruth Labenz is assisted to safety by a Stanton County Sherriff's officer after her home was destroyed in the town of Pilger, Neb. Monday, June 16, 2014. At least one person is dead and at least 16 more are in critical condition after two massive tornadoes swept through northeast Nebraska on Monday. (AP Photo/Mark 'Storm' Farnik)
A woman walks down Black Hills Trail road in Pilger, Neb., Monday, June 16, 2014. At least one person is dead and at least 16 more are in critical condition after two massive tornadoes swept through northeast Nebraska on Monday. (AP Photo/Mark 'Storm' Farnik)
A tornado forms over a house near Pilger, Neb., Monday, June 16, 2014. At least one person is dead and at least 16 more are in critical condition after two massive tornadoes swept through northeast Nebraska on Monday. (AP Photo/Mark 'Storm' Farnik)
A man holds a girl after she was pulled from the basement of her destroyed home in Pilger, Neb., Monday, June 16, 2014. A hospital spokeswoman says at least one person is dead and at least 16 more are in critical condition after two massive tornadoes swept through northeast Nebraska. (AP Photo/Mark 'Storm' Farnik)
A man holds a girl after she was pulled from the basement of her destroyed home in Pilger, Neb., Monday, June 16, 2014. A hospital spokeswoman says at least one person is dead and at least 16 more are in critical condition after two massive tornadoes swept through northeast Nebraska. (AP Photo/Mark 'Storm' Farnik)
Rescue personnel tend to a young tornado victim in Pilger, Neb., Monday, June 16, 2014. A hospital spokeswoman says at least one person is dead and at least 16 more are in critical condition after two massive tornadoes swept through northeast Nebraska. (AP Photo/Mark 'Storm' Farnik)
A tornado forms over a house near Pilger, Neb., Monday, June 16, 2014. At least one person is dead and at least 16 more are in critical condition after two massive tornadoes swept through northeast Nebraska on Monday. (AP Photo/Mark 'Storm' Farnik)
Map locates Pilger, Nebraska; 1c x 2 inches; 46.5 mm x 50 mm;
The Tuesday morning photo shows Larry Nelson, 73, surveys what’s left of his home on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 in Pilger, Neb. A storm packing rare dual tornadoes tore through the tiny farming town in northeast Nebraska on Monday. Nelson survived the afternoon tornado by taking shelter in a neighbor’s basement. (AP Photo/Josh Funk)
This framgrab taken from video provided by StormChasingVideo.com shows two tornados approaching Pilger, Neb., Monday June 16, 2014. The National Weather Service said at least two twisters touched down within roughly a mile of each other Monday in northeast Nebraska. (AP Photo/StormChasingVideo.com)
This framgrab taken from video provided by StormChasingVideo.com shows a tornado approaching Pilger, Neb., Monday June 16, 2014. The National Weather Service said at least two twisters touched down within roughly a mile of each other Monday in northeast Nebraska. (AP Photo/StormChasingVideo.com)
This framgrab taken from video provided by StormChasingVideo.com shows two tornados approaching Pilger, Neb., Monday June 16, 2014. The National Weather Service said at least two twisters touched down within roughly a mile of each other Monday in northeast Nebraska. (AP Photo/StormChasingVideo.com)
Tragic scene in Nebraska today. Pray for this town of Pilger, NE. @canadogreg @ChittickChris @spann @weatherchannel http://t.co/1n2L3tt8Zg
Around 4:32 p.m. CDT RT @stormcoker: TWO TORNADOES!!!! Near Wisner, Nebraska!! #newx http://t.co/NOYHRJ3Q7p
Another photo of tornado just before second one forms, in Nebraska. Taken by @AaronRigsbyOSC https://t.co/9P30MrvACj http://t.co/64jg6oCuVZ
Unimaginable scene today in Nebraska. Deadly, Violent and Tragic @Spann @weathernetwork @jwhittalTWN http://t.co/gQ3rp0yEa9
Amazing!! MT @ObservingSpace: Twin tornadoes photographed by Shalyn Phillips near Pilger, Nebraska. http://t.co/TkU1rJCfb1
Watch: Storm chasers capture incredible video of two simultaneous tornadoes in Nebraska http://t.co/Vdml4MU44M http://t.co/FtY0GoLxnR
UPDATE: Witness: Significant damage after tornado hits north of Stanton, Nebraska: http://t.co/fHRKhIiOVq
Idiot smiling as 2 tornadoes destroy homes, killing people in Nebraska. via @BrandonIveyWX http://t.co/QjhHQaBhsX
MAJOR damage in Pilger, Nebraska with two tornadoes on ground at same time. Search and rescue mode http://t.co/iJWIwCkS6x
Tornado crossing 275 east of Pilger, Nebraska earlier. http://t.co/uxYBNieBpH
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(Reuters) - Large tornadoes hit rural areas of northeastern Nebraska on Monday afternoon, with reports of property damage, according to forecasters and the Weather Channel.

"We do have a tornadic thunderstorm in northeast Nebraska moving toward the Iowa border," said forecaster Bill Bunting of the National Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma. He said the center had received reports of "large tornadoes" in the area.

"It's obviously a very dangerous situation in those areas," Bunting said.

The Weather Channel showed video images on Monday afternoon of two tornadoes appearing in the same rural area around Stanton County, Nebraska. The channel said it was receiving reports of property damage from the storms.

Bunting said there were also severe thunderstorms moving across southern Minnesota, northern Iowa and western Illinois. The situation will persist into the evening hours and potentially overnight, Bunting said, with storms moving into northwest Illinois and Wisconsin.

A representative for the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency did not have any immediate damage reports, but said it was watching for them from the affected area.

(Reporting by Mary Wisniewski; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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