Bennet residents clean up after tornado
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Bennett, NE- Homes destroyed, trees uprooted and families left to pick up the pieces. That was the scene Friday morning as the sun came up in Bennet.
Sandy and Carl Seifiert were surveying the damage to their family farm. It had been standing for more than 60 years; now several outside buildings that have been standing for decades are gone.
"This barn is a total loss. At least 25 thousand," Carl said as he took us around the home.
Thursday night's twister damaged homes and businesses in several communities, knocked out power and felled trees. No injuries have been reported.
"You kinda don't believe it at first and then it sinks in," Sandy said.
It came in southwest moving northeast just south of Bennet. Sandy Seifert heard it just after ten last night. 20 seconds, a few bangs, and then it was gone.
Dax Boyte with Bennet Fire Rescue said crews worked late last night to survey the damage described as light to moderate damage.
Tornadoes occur in Nebraska most frequently in June. But records show twisters hitting the state in October as well. Records say 18 tornadoes were confirmed in October 2000, for example, and 11 in 2001 and 10 in 1998. The month with the fewest recorded tornadoes in it, is February.
The National Weather Service says there's a likelihood of another damaging storm system moving into eastern Nebraska on Friday. Forecasters say the highest tornado threat appears to be in northeast Nebraska and west-central Iowa.