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Tornado Hovers for Hour as Nebraska is Again Hit by Twisters

Slow-moving tornadoes loomed over the plains of northeastern Nebraska overnight, touching down just 40 miles from where nearly simultaneous twisters leveled the town of Pilger a day earlier.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning at 9:19 p.m. local time (10:19 p.m. ET) on Tuesday for the areas around Coleridge and Laurel, which it said were threatened by separate tornadoes that were moving southeast.

For nearly an hour on Tuesday, meteorologists said it appeared that the tornado hovered in place. At 9:38 p.m. (10:38 p.m. ET), the weather service tweeted that the twister was still north of Laurel, moving very slowly southeast as darkness fell on the region.

The area is about 40 miles north of Pilger, Nebraska, which was smacked Monday night by twin tornadoes that killed two people.

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There were no immediate reports of injuries linked to Tuesday night's severe weather.

Forecasters warned that the area could take yet another beating later on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service issued tornado warnings to last into the early morning for parts of Iowa, southern Minnesota, southeast South Dakota and northeast Nebraska.

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On Wednesday, a cold front pushing out into the Northern Plains could threaten to bring flash floods and severe weather to the region, it said.

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The Weather Channel’s lead forecaster Kevin Roth said that "a fairly large area" is under the risk of severe weather for Wednesday - from the Dakotas and Nebraska eastward to Philadelphia.

"The primary threat is wind and hail but there is a decent tornado threat today in North and South Dakota and northeast Nebraska - again," he said.

For northeast Nebraska to get hit "day after day" by tornadoes is "kind of unusual," Roth said.

"The good news for them is if they get through tonight and the first half of tomorrow, it looks like the front will want to push east. Friday looks better."

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