Tornado Strikes Wayne, Nebraska

A powerful wedge tornado moved through Wayne, Nebraska late Friday afternoon. A few people sustained minor injuries, but luckily no one was killed, said mayor Ken Chamberlain.

The half-mile wide tornado flipped cars, trapping motorists and ruptured a natural gas line in Wayne, the state’s emergency management agency said. Emergency personnel was on the scene dealing with the gas leaks.

The American Red Cross is sending teams to the scene, said Liz Dorland of the agency’s Nebraska/Southwest Iowa regional chapter. The agency is “working with local authorities and emergency management to see what the needs are and (to) respond as needed,” she said.

Fifteen people injured by the storm were taken to Providence Medical Center in Wayne, hospital spokesperson Sandra Bartling said. No deaths from the tornado had been reported, officials said.