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Severe weather slammed a Nebraska town near Lincoln, Neb.


SUTTON, Neb. (CNN) - The storm ripped off roofs, crumpled tin, and shattered glass downtown.

Greg Tetley, Central Neb. Storm Chase Team said, "We've got straight line wind damage in some areas and we have obvious tornado damage in others - north of town, there's a structure that was completely leveled, all the way to the basement frame - obvious tornado damage."

Downed utility poles and trees litter streets and yards.

The city's emergency manager says they're thankful to count one minor injury and zero deaths among the debris considering they were able to give just a few minutes warning.

Alan Quail, Sutton Emergency Manager said, "Possibly two tornados - we did have one confirmed on the ground west and south of here."

Donna Hill and her cousin came to check on one business - she says went to her basement just as the outdoor sirens sounded.

Donna Hill & Janet Rath, Sutton Residents said, "I could hear the wind blowing and some banging and things you know, but I just really didn't think it was that bad, I do have limbs down in my backyard, but my house wasn't damaged."

Officials expect the city to remain without power until at least the morning, they say most of the damage in Sutton is downtown, but they haven't been able to get out to rural areas and assess house damage there.

Heavy rain also left flooding and road closures in the counties surrounding Sutton.

Officials say most of the clean up is still ahead.

"We're just trying to keep people off the streets for tonight, keep them away from power lines, keep them safe," Quail said.

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