Western Nebraska Observer - Observations all along the line - Kimball & the Southern Panhandle First

Microburst damages property but caused no injuries were reported


Penny Merryfield

Damage was done to shelters and fencing at Brown's Pump and Septic on Tuesday, June 28 by a straight-line wind reaching more than 70 miles per hour. The incident differed from a tornado in that the winds had no rotation.

The City of Kimball, Kimball Police Department and the Kimball County Sheriff's Office as well as local Emergency Management were busy following the June 28 storm that caused severe damage to several properties and businesses on South Highway 71.

The event, seen firsthand by Kimball County Sheriff and Emergency Management Coordinator Harry Gillway, was not a tornado, as there was no rotation to the wind.

"I was at the top of hill on Chestnut St., just about in front of the Jehovah Witness Hall when the wind struck. I was there first hand and saw it was not a tornado. I reported it as it str...

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