Tornado warnings in effect for Red Willow, Hitchcock Counties

HASTINGS, Neb. -- Tornado warnings across central and western Nebraska have been placed in effect throughout the evening. Red Willow and Hitchcock Counties remain under a tornado warning until 7:30 PM CDT.

Earlier warnings for Sioux, Hayes and Dundy County have expired.

At 5:47 PM CDT, a confirmed large and extremely dangerous tornado was located 6 miles northwest of Herndon, or 15 miles southeast of Trenton, moving northeast at 15 mph. At approximately 3:40 PM, a large tornado and hail were spotted near Benkelman.

Risks for those in the area include tornados and hail up to two inches in diameter. Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without shelter. Mobile homes will likely be damaged or destroyed, according to NWS. Damage to roofs, windows, and vehicles is also expected. Tree damage is likely.

If in the area during a tornado warning, move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a mobile home, or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris.

Much of the rest of the region remains in a tornado watch. Severe thunderstorm warnings are also in effect for Morrill, Cheyenne, Box Butte, Banner, Sioux and Sheridan Counties.