Deadly storms hammer Midwest

, Posted: Tue, June 17 2014 at 4:28 PM, Updated: Tue, June 17 2014 at 4:34 PM

(NBC News)  At least two people are dead and more than a dozen injured after a storm packing twin tornados tore through the small town of Pilger, Nebraska Monday.

An estimated 75-percent of the small farming community was completely destroyed.

"City hall is gone, the fire dept is destroyed, the public library has severe damage," says Stanton County Sheriff Mike Unger.   

The tornadoes were part of a wide spread storm system that also spawned apparent twisters as far north as Wisconsin.

Rescuers went house to house calling out, “Hello? Hello? Anybody?” and spray-painted “OK” in huge letters on home that had been cleared, according to the Norfolk Daily News.

Residents will be allowed to return to their homes until 5 p.m. local time and can make a total of five trips to retrieve belongings, officials said.

National Guard members were due to deploy Tuesday morning to bolster the ranks of local responders sifting through the wreckage and to help with what is expected to be a massive clean-up operation in Stanton, Cuming and Wayne counties — all of which suffered severe damage. 

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