You may remember seeing on the news last week that a pair of EF4 tornados destroyed the town of Pilger, Nebraska. This video shows the tornadoes.
Because of more funky weather and flooding along the Missouri River, I had to travel home from our sewing trip in Omaha by a different route. I-29 was closed yesterday, so I drove right through this area that was so recently hit. I didn’t plan my route intentionally to see the damage, I just took the most logical roads.
I took Highway 275 out of Omaha north and west to Norfolk, Nebraska. Then, Highway 81 into South Dakota.
Highway 275 is a ‘famous’ highway in cattle feeding circles because there are lots, lots, lots of cattle fed out in the area. The region raises good corn & soybeans through the use of irrigation and has a strong cattle feeding industry.
However, after the tornadoes last week – the drive home became even more interesting.
In an interview with the Norfolk Daily News Gregg Moeller described the two tornadoes. He said, “It was like God dragged two fingernails across the land.”
The whole experience was very eerie and after snapping these photos I was ready to get the heck out of there and continue my drive to South Dakota. These pictures below are from the second tornado’s path.
That tornado took place last week, rivers are flooding and another tornado hit the community of Wessington Springs, South Dakota this week. This is a harsh reminder of what that mother nature can throw at humanity. Sometimes we think we are at the ‘top of the food chain’ but the reality is the weather always wins. It leaves me feeling quite humbled.