Wicked tornado photographed in Nebraska Saturday

On Saturday evening, severe thunderstorms blew up over parts of eastern Nebraska, northern Kansas, and western Iowa as a cold front cut through the High Plains.

The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center logged 10 tornado reports and over 300 combined reports of damaging winds and large hail.

Chris Sheen captured this jaw-dropping shot of a twister near Hildreth, Nebraska.

Here’s a view of the tornado in the vertical:

There were no reports of damage from this twister which was described as a “landspout-type tornado” or a tornado that forms from the ground up, rather than from a rotating mass of clouds.

The area it struck is sparsely populated; the 2010 population of Hildreth (in Franklin County, Nebraska) was just 378.

Jason is currently the Washington Post’s weather editor. A native Washingtonian, Jason has been a weather enthusiast since age 10.
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