Several Tornadoes Touch Down in Nebraska

OMAHA (AP) - The National Weather Service says nearly a dozen tornadoes have been reported in south-central and southeastern Nebraska but no injuries.  Weather service meteorologist Merl Heinlein said Thursday that his office in Hastings had narrowed down reports and suspected that nine tornadoes touched down Wednesday afternoon, including several in York and Clay counties. His office keeps tabs on 24 counties in south-central Nebraska and six in north-central Kansas. The storms damaged farm outbuildings, irrigation equipment and trees. Farther east, a twister was reported three miles northeast of Rising City and another about six miles southeast of Utica. Heinlein says several of the sightings have yet to be confirmed. Hail and heavy rain and street flooding also were reported.