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Nebraska tornadoes: 2 die in twin tornadoes, small town of Pilger demolished

Twin Nebraska tornadoes left two dead Monday night. The town of Pilger was hit with a devastating amount of damage after the storms blew through, with around 50 homes demolished and the fire station and school gone. CNN shared the details.

2 dead in twin Nebraska tornadoes
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There were two deaths during the Nebraska tornadoes. A 5-year-old died, and a traffic accident believed to have been weather-related caused the other death. There were also nearly 20 people injured. Fox News indicates that the twin tornadoes touched down within about a mile of one another.

Pilger, which is a town of about 350 people, lies about 100 miles northwest of Omaha. Gov. Dave Heineman has already declared a state of emergency for the area, and emergency responders will get some help from the National Guard for the cleanup. It is estimated that between 50 to 75 percent of the town was destroyed or at least heavily damaged during Monday's Nebraska tornadoes.

Yahoo! News reports that the 5-year-old who died in the twin tornadoes was Calista Dixon. Her brother, Cody, indicated that their home was destroyed and their mother, Kandi Murphree, is currently in a medically induced coma. David Herout, 74, was the other twin tornado death. He died after a single car accident during the Nebraska tornadoes.

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