A little after 5:30 p.m., the National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm for Central Lincoln County, as a somewhat small cell blossomed and started moving through the area. However, the cell quickly gained strength and a Tornado Warning was issued at 6:00 after trained weather spotters confirmed a tornado on the ground.
Lincoln County Emergency Management Director, Dan Guenthner, reported that the tornado did touch down about two miles south of the Gerald Gentleman Power Plant near Sutherland. Luckily the twister stayed over a very rural area, and no damage was reported.
The storm brought with it torrential rain, ping pong ball sized hail, funnel clouds and winds in excess of 60 mph.
Trained weather spotters also reported two additional funnel clouds to the Post.
Friday night’s twister was the first in the State for 2013.