Officials from the University of Nebraska-Kearney closed down campus on Friday after high winds and a series of tornadoes damaged the roofs of several school buildings Thursday night. The same storm also knocked a train off the tracks and downed power lines all over the city, and—combined with damage in Aurora, 60 miles away—has prompted Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman to declare a state of emergency.
School officials are using Friday to begin to clean up and assess the damage, asking nonessential personnel to stay home for the entire weekend. During the storm, students on campus for the summer semester gathered in the basement of a dorm, where no one was injured.