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On May 22, 2004, at 8:08 p.m. the National Weather Service in Omaha issued a tornado warning for Gage County in southeast Nebraska until 9:15 p.m. At 8:03 p.m. a tornado was on the ground six miles south of Wilber moving northeast at 25 mph. At 8:16 p.m. law enforcement officials reported a tornado on the ground near Wilber moving northeast at 15 mph. These warnings were heard by those listening to television or radio and struck fear in the hearts of many on that night.

In the days and weeks that followed, children who had gone through the stormy night began to voice their fears. Many no longer wanted to stay home alone. Others were afraid of storm clouds. How children perceive severe weather and what adults can do to help them deal with their fears became the focus of this extension study and are discussed in this NebFact.