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Rare twin tornadoes level half of town, kill 1, hurt 16 in Nebraska

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PILGER, NEB - The National Weather Service says at least two massive tornadoes have touched down in Nebraska.

The tornadoes were about a mile apart, near the towns of Stanton and Pilger, 100 miles northwest of Omaha.

Meteorologist Barbara Mayes says there has been major damage in and around Pilger. Storm Chaser Matt Coker caught the two tornadoes on camera near Wisner, Nebraska.

A hospital spokeswoman says at least one person is dead and 16 others are in critical condition after two massive tornadoes swept through northeast Nebraska.
   
Jodi Richey of Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk says the victims were brought into the hospital after at least one of the twisters devastated Pilger. The town of about 350 people is about 100 miles northwest of Omaha.
   
Stanton County Commissioner Jerry Weatherholt says at least one of the tornadoes destroyed more than half of Pilger.
   
The National Weather Service says the tornadoes were about a mile apart. Meteorologists have also been tracking a massive tornado near the town of Burwell, in central Nebraska.

Mayes says at least one of the tornadoes lifted off the ground several times before touching down again.

-- CBS Newspath contributed to this story
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