1 killed, 16 injured in Nebraska tornado outbreak

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Several tornadoes have touched down in eastern Nebraska as a massive storm system moved through the state.

According to NBC affiliate WOWT-TV, at least one tornado touched down near Stanton and there is "extensive damage" reported in Pilger in northeast Nebraska. A hospital spokeswoman says at least one person is dead and 16 others are in critical condition in Pilger.

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.

Large hail up to 2" in diameter has been reported along with the storms.