Johnson Lake residents clean-up after EF-1 tornado strikes Friday night
JOHNSON LAKE - A tornado damaged homes and destroyed other structures when it touched down and traveled five miles across Johnson Lake Friday night, according to the National Weather Service office in Hastings.
The NWS says an EF-1 rated tornado started northwest of the lake in central Nebraska at approximately 10:54 p.m. The twister crossed the lake and lifted back up into the clouds at 11 p.m.
Shad Pittam, a resident at the lake, lost a boat and other belongings when his storage building was destroyed. While their home was saved, Pittam says several people lost their homes in the storm.
"Yesterday was overwhelming, depressing, and sad," Pittam said. "It's amazing how this community of Johnson Lake stepped up to help everyone. Thanks to everyone who helped us yesterday. We truly appreciate them."
The tornado reached speeds of 95 MPH, according to the weather service. The NWS says May 5 is tied for the 13th latest date for the state to see its first tornado in a new year.
No injuries were reported.
Johnson Lake is located 12 miles southwest of Lexington.