Gov. Tours Tornado Damage In Wayne, College Instructor Hurt

WAYNE, Neb. -- Governor Dave Heineman was in Wayne over the weekend surveying damage from Friday night's EF4 tornado.  Just a few weeks ago, the governor went to the Wayne airport to help open the new airport terminal...which now is nothing but twisted metal and debris.  Governor Heineman promised to do all the state can do to help businesses get back up and running.  Witnesses said the tornado appeared to be at least two miles wide, leaving at least 15 people hurt.  The National Weather Service says the tornado that struck Wayne had peak winds up to 170 mph, so it ranked EF4. That's near the top of the five-point Enhanced Fujita scale for tornadoes.  Wayne Mayor Ken Chamberlin says the storm caused millions of dollars in damage and rebuilding will be slow.  The Weather Service says October tornadoes are unusual, but not unheard of. Last year, there were 41 tornadoes nationwide in October.  Authorities have identified the man critically injured in Friday's tornadoes as a Wayne State College administrator, but doctors believe he will recover from his injuries. Wayne State College says its chief information officer John Dunning was hurt critically by flying debris while seeking shelter outside his vehicle during the storm.  Doctors performed several surgeries on Dunning, and the college said he remained in a medically-induced coma Saturday night. His wife said doctors expect him to recover.  Dunning has worked at Wayne State since 2011.  


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