Storm Damage, 5.5

Strong winds associated with a severe thunderstorm flattened the C&L Dairy Sweet near Pioneers Park in May. 

There’s a long-held belief among many people that Lincoln is immune to tornadoes. Among the past claims are that Lincoln avoids tornadoes because it sits in a valley or is protected by a big ridge west of the city. While Lincoln has avoided a direct hit from a violent tornado in recent history, it has had its share of twisters in the city limits, including Sunday evening's EF-2 tornado near Pioneers Park.

2017: A short-lived tornado touched down on open land on East Campus in June. It caused no damage.

2016: Two EF-1 tornadoes hit far southeast Lincoln in May and caused some minor damage. The tornadoes were overshadowed by a major hail storm.

1993: A weak tornado cut a path across northwest Lincoln from the airport to nears 27th and Superior streets.

1981: A small tornado hit the Arnold Heights neighborhood in April after causing damage southwest of Pawnee Lake.

1979: A small tornado touched down on West O Street, moved across Capitol Beach Lake and then caused some damage to a mobile home park and a few houses along North First Street.

1975: A small tornado hit the Meadowlane neighborhood in northeast Lincoln in April but caused little damage.

1971: A tornado touched down east of Holmes Lake in June and stayed on the ground for more than a mile but caused little damage.

1957: A large tornado more than 1,000 feet wide caused damage at the Lincoln Airport and also hit the Belmont area.

Nebraska tornadoes through history:

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Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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