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A deadly duo of massive, relentlessly fast-moving tornadoes rained down terror in northeast Nebraska on Monday evening.
Photos from the tiny town of Pilger, Nebraska show a community devastated after 200MPH winds ripped though and leveled homes, entire neighborhoods, gutted the town's middle school and destroyed it's Farmer's Co-Op.
As Monday evening turned to night, one casualty had been reported, with at least 16 critically injured in the area.
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Devastating: Massive, dual tornadoes caused significant damage to homes in northeast Nebraska on Monday
Leveled: Pilger, Nebraska was hit especially hard, as seen by this photo of a leveled home. Storm chasers stopped photographing after snapping this photo in order to help with rescue efforts
Warning: The extent of the twin tornadoes' damage was still trickling in as the National Weather Service warned Nebraska and Iowa that more twisters could still be on their way along with flash floods and severe thunderstorms
As the full extent of damage in the small prairie towns remained to be seen, the National Weather Service continued to warn of possible tornadoes over large swaths of both Nebraska and Iowa, as well as the flash floods and severe thunderstorms birthed by these powerful storm system.
'I’m standing in Pilger, and I see devastation,' Stanton County Commissioner Jerry Weatherholt told the Lincoln Journal-Star. 'It looks like a war zone. It absolutely looks like a war zone.'
First responders filled the Pilger, but some witnessed described the gut-wrenching rescue efforts as disorganized at best.
'There are a lot of people around not too much organization,' said Weatherholt.
At least three tornadoes were reported in the area Monday evening, with more potentially to come.
Horrific: Witnesses in Pilger reported near total devastation after the EF-4 tornadoes wiped a massive section of their twon off the face of the earth
Gutted: Pilger Middle School remained partially standing after Monday's storm, but appeared completely gutted by the twister. Students were off for summer vacation. At right, the school as it appeared before the storm
Dead zone: Trees, once verdant with springtime leaves, were stripped and shredded by 200MPH winds. Here, a group of felled trees appear with the gutted Pilger Midle School as their backdrop
Heartland horror: A tornado touches down near Pilger. Large tornadoes hit rural areas of northeastern Nebraska on Monday afternoon, with reports of property damage, according to forecasters and the Weather Channel
Two of the menacing storms are believed to have had an intensity of EF-4, which are some of the deadliest and most destructive.
Meteorologist Barbara Mayes says the tornadoes that touched down were about a mile apart, near the towns of Stanton and Pilger, 100 miles northwest of Omaha.
While storm clusters are sometimes seen with multiple tornadoes, usually one is the dominant storm while the other less powerful twisters rotate around it.
In an almost unheard of occurrence, the Pilger tornadoes were almost equally powerful as both were capable of producing 200MPH winds.
'It was like God dragged two fingernails across the the land,' witness Gregg Moeller told the Norfolk Daily News. 'Oh my God, the damage is unbelievable.'
The titanic storm systems that formed these deadly twisters have also brought with them into the region golf ball sized hail, severe thunderstorms and damaging non-cyclonic winds.
Photographer Brian Davidson was on the ground in Pilger, where he said every structure he could see for five or six blocks had suffered damage.
Three twisters: Meteorologists report that three tornadoes likely touched down in northeast Nebraska, with the twin EF-4 tornadoes doing the most damage. Here, a single twister barrels along US 275 near Norfolk, Nebraska
'There's no street signs left,' he told Omaha.com. 'Cars are tossed.'
Davidson said he even saw a car inside a home.
'It's very chaotic here right now,' he said.
Pilger's nickname for itself, 'The Town too Tuff to Die' may seem a bitter irony now that so much of the village appeared to have been blown away like dust.
'The town too tuff to die': Pilger, Nebraska's nickname for itself may seem a bitter irony after Monday evening's spat of massive, fast-moving twisters all but leveled the town of fever than 400 residents