- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

ROSELAND, Neb. (AP) - Officials in south-central Nebraska scrambled Wednesday to check on residents after a number of tornadoes hit the area.

A tornado hit Roseland, a rural town of fewer than 250 people about 8 miles southwest of Hastings, around 4:20 p.m. Wednesday, weather and emergency management officials said.

The National Weather Service in Hastings learned of the tornado from the Adams County Emergency Management Office and later confirmed the twister, meteorologist Angela Pfannkuch said. At least 10 to 15 homes in and around the town were damaged, she said.

KOLN-TV and KHAS-TV posted photos online of what appeared to be a tornado at Roseland, as well as lumber and siding ripped from houses there and numerous downed trees and tree limbs.

Pfannkuch and Dawna Whitcomb with Adams County Emergency Management said no injuries had been reported by 6 p.m. The local office was coordinating with the American Red Cross to help any households displaced by the tornado, Whitcomb said.

Further east, another tornado hit a rural area near the Kansas border. The Nuckolls County Sheriff’s Office said the tornado hit a rural area between the small towns of Hardy and Ruskin. No injuries or damage were immediately reported, but deputies were checking houses in the area to make sure residents were safe.

Pfannkuch also confirmed a third twister in neighboring Thayer County in a rural area near Chester. Bill McPherson with Thayer County Emergency Management said he was still monitoring damage in the area as of 7:45 p.m. due to an ongoing warning in the southeast portion of the county. There have been reports of uprooted trees, shingles ripped from rooftops and at least one roof completely torn off a building near Hebron, he said.

Thayer County Sheriff David Lee said flooding in and around Hebron was becoming a concern.

Union Pacific rail cars toppled off a track between Highways 4 and 5, Lee said. A Union Pacific spokesman confirmed that seven empty coal cars had fallen around 6 p.m. There were no injuries from the fallen cars, and no injuries reported in the county as of 8 p.m.

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