Update as of 7:06 a.m. EDT: At least two people, including a five-year-old child, were killed by tornadoes that swept through the town of Pilger in northeast Nebraska, NBC reported Tuesday, adding that rescue teams were searching through the rubble for people trapped underneath.

The National Guard would assist local teams in the rescue and clean-up operations in the affected counties of Stanton, Cuming and Wayne, the report said. Meanwhile, cities like Milwaukee and Chicago reportedly have a tornado warning in place until 10 a.m. EDT.

Update as of 10:27 p.m. EDT: The storm system that spawned a rare 'double tornado' in Pilger, Neb., killed a five-year-old and injured at least 19 people, Associated Press reported, citing hospital and emergency officials.

“More than half of the town is gone — absolutely gone,” Stanton County Commissioner Jerry Weatherholt said, according to AP. “The co-op is gone, the grain bins are gone, and it looks like almost every house in town has some damage. It’s a complete mess.”


At least one person is dead and 16 others are in critical condition after two enormous tornadoes swept through northeast Nebraska, said a hospital spokeswoman, the Associated Press reported.

According to CNN meteorologist Chad Meyers, the storm activity turned into a rare “double tornado.” 

Jodi Richey of Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk said the victims were taken to the hospital after at least one of the tornadoes ripped through the town of Pilger, which has about 350 people and is roughly 100 miles northwest of Omaha. Stanton County Commissioner Jerry Weatherholt said at least one of the twisters destroyed more than half of the town.
Sanford Goshorn, the Stanton County, Nebraska, emergency manager, told CNN that he couldn’t confirm the amount of people injured after tornado-like winds hit the rural area. He said, “We’re still digging people out.”
The tornadoes were about a mile apart, the National Weather Service said. Meteorologists have also been tracking a huge tornado near Burwell, in central Nebraska.