WHITMAN, Neb. - The National Weather Service has rated the tornado that hit Whitman, Nebraska and the surrounding area as EF-3. As News Channel Nebraska previously reported, the tornado on June 25 injured one person and destroyed and damaged several homes near the village, which is about an hour east of Alliance.

NWS’ preliminary investigation found that a supercell thunderstorm developed over far western Cherry County and then strengthened and produced very large hail and the tornado as it entered Grant County.

“They say that it’s the first strong tornado to impact Grant County in more than 70 years. The official tornado database goes back to 1950,” said Mike Rath, Grant County Sheriff.

In addition to damage in Grant County, the tornado also rolled a small grain bin and flipped several pivots in Hooker County.

“As the Weather Service continues their damage survey, they will consider whether there was a second tornado as well,” Rath said.