Path length: 28 miles
Width: 2640 yards
Counties: Hitchcock, Red Willow
7 out of the 11 tornadoes that occurred on June 15, 1990 were in the state of Nebraska. The strongest was an F4 that grew at times to be 1.5 miles wide. It began just NW of Stratton. It was a multi-vortex tornado at this time that merged near Macklin Bay on Swanson Lake. It moved ENE and lifted after a 28 mile path 5 miles NE of McCook.
Most of the structural damage was in Hitchcock County. 35 rural houses were damaged/destroyed. There was one injury and no fatalities.
It was reported that the tornado picked up water and mud from Swanson Lake and threw it up against the SW side of buildings, trees and poles nearby.
Storm Data Entry
We gathered information for this event from the SPC & NCDC Databases, the June 1990 Storm Data Publication and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes and found the following differences:
- Grazulis has a width of 1500 yards.
- SPC/NCDC have a width of 2640 yards (1.5 miles).
- Storm Data has a range of widths from 1 mile to 1.5 miles.