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Severe weather blasts Nebraska, 1 death reported along with major damage

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This framegrab shows a twin tornado near Pilger, Nebraska on Monday, June 16, 2014.
This framegrab shows a twin tornado near Pilger, Nebraska on Monday, June 16, 2014.

Nebraska was pummeled by a round of dangerous severe weather Monday with one fatality reported late Monday night and the governor's office saying at least four towns had been hit hard. He declared a state of emergency.

Damage was reported in Pilger, Wisner, Stanton and Pender, all in northeast Nebraska. The city of Pilger was closed to all but emergency personnel, according to the state's emergency management agency.

Sightings of a rare "double tornado" are also being reported, according to CNN meteorologist Chad Meyers. Storm chaser video confirmed those reports.

Sanford Goshorn, the Stanton County, Nebraska, emergency manager, said he couldn't confirm numbers of people injured after tornado-like winds hit the rural Nebraska county saying, "We're still digging people out."

At least one person was killed in weather-related incidents a spokeswoman for Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk, Nebraska, said. There were 15 patients at the hospital as of Monday evening, and "many more" are expected, spokeswoman Jacque Genovese said.

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