(AP) _

The storm system that has raced through eastern Nebraska spawned a tornado that, though rare for an October day, but not that unusual.

Thursday night's twister damaged homes and businesses in several communities, knocked out power and felled trees. No injuries have been reported.

Tornadoes occur in Nebraska most frequently in June. But records show twisters hitting the state in October as well. Records say 18 tornadoes were confirmed in October 2000, for example, and 11 in 2001 and 10 in 1998. The month with the fewest recorded tornadoes is February.

The National Weather Service says there's a likelihood of another damaging storm system moving into eastern Nebraska on Friday. Forecasters say the highest tornado threat appears to be in northeast Nebraska and west-central Iowa.


A house has been destroyed and another damaged after severe weather swept through Nebraska south of Lincoln.

Thursday night's storm destroyed a home south of Bennet and damaged another near Wagon Train Lake.

No injuries were reported.

Power outages were reported in Bennet, and Nebraska 2 was closed due to downed power lines in the area. The highway was expected to be reopened for the Friday morning commute.

The storms also brought damaging winds and 1- to 2.5-inch diameter hail.

The most severe weather occurred along a stretch from western Saline County and into Cass and Otoe counties, staying south of the Lincoln area.