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Severe storms damage crops, and excessive heat will drive water needs

Over the past several weeks, severe storms have damaged crops in the North Platte Valley and the Panhandle with heavy rainfall, hail, high winds, and low-land flooding. The National Weather Service reported a confirmed EF-1 tornado on Thursday, June 20, which damaged homes, crops, and pivots along a two-mile path between Morrill and Mitchell, Neb. Hailstorms in the southern Panhandle have damaged the winter wheat crop. Heavy rainfall also flooded fields and county roads.

"High winds and a confirmed tornado have turned over pivots, damaged buildings, knocked out power lines, and injured area cr...


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