National Weather Service Meteorologist Corey Mead tells NewsRadio 1110 KFAB, "There was a confirmed tornado.it was rated an EF-2 intensity with an estimated peak wind speed of 120 MPH.The path length was roughly about 1/2 mile and the path width about 200 yards wide."
Mead says the tornado touched down around 5:38 p.m., 4 miles west, southwest of downtown Lincoln. It lifted around 5:40 p.m. about 3.5 miles west, southwest of downtown Lincoln.
The damage rating was based off damaged homes, the ice cream shop, destroyed sheds and snapped trees along the path of the tornado.
Officials with the National Weather Service in Valley completed their investigation of Sunday's storm that destroyed at least one business in southwest Lincoln.
Meteorologist Brian Barjenbruch tells NewsRadio 1110 KFAB, "Yesterday, those storms just developed very quickly. They were able to merge together so a few storms came together and really built upon each other and at that point just surged out directly into that Lancaster County area and even parts of Seward County really felt the brunt of those storms."
A small tornado tracked across the southwest side of Lincoln around 6 p.m. Sunday. It was also determined that there was extensive straight line wind that caused damage just west of the tornado track.
The day started out beautiful in Lincoln and there were many people gathered for the annual marathon that wrapped up around noon at Memorial Stadium. By 3 p.m., dark clouds were forming over the city. Those storms merged near Lincoln. Wind speed hit 87 MPH in Lincoln and was more than 100 MPH near Pleasant Dale.
A Dairy Sweet was destroyed by the storm in Lincoln. No injuries were reported.
Hail was also reported in Wahoo Sunday afternoon. Another smaller storm dropped marble sized hail on Blair in Washington County around 7 p.m.