Midwest Severe Weather: Hail Damages Nearly Entire Town of Blair, Nebraska

hailClusters of damaging thunderstorms that swept from the Midwest to the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys Tuesday and Wednesday left costly damage across the Heartland.

The insurance price tag in Nebraska and western Iowa will soar into the hundreds of millions of dollars. Although a handful of tornadoes were reported, baseball-sized hail and flooding rains left the biggest mark. Communities including Blair, Fort Calhoun, Uehling and Craig, Nebraska, and in the western Iowa town of Missouri Valley were the hardest hit.

In Blair, officials said nearly every home, as well as any car that was parked outdoors, was damaged. The courthouse alone sustained more than $1.2 million in damage because the rain continued for hours after hail shattered windows and skylights.

More than 20 people were taken to the hospital from injuries they sustained from being out in the storm; none were seriously injured.

Blair resident, Donna Jones, said she saw widespread damage when she went to work Wednesday morning.

“Everybody is in a daze,” Jones said. “There’s not a house that isn’t touched.” – TWC

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