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Kayakers and tubers flee storm

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Kayakers scrambled to get off the Elkhorn River in Nebraska after a very strong storm hit the area. (Source: WOWT/NBC) Kayakers scrambled to get off the Elkhorn River in Nebraska after a very strong storm hit the area. (Source: WOWT/NBC)
Fire fighters had to bring out rescue boats in order to help many of the people trapped in the river get to shore. (Source: WOWT/NBC) Fire fighters had to bring out rescue boats in order to help many of the people trapped in the river get to shore. (Source: WOWT/NBC)

(WOWT/NBC) – An enjoyable float down Nebraska's Elkhorn River took a drastic turn for many Sunday when a violent storm hit.

Witnesses said the water went from still to turbulent in a matter of seconds when 50 mile per hour winds swept through. Minutes later, rain and hail were added to the mix.

Aaron Watkins and a friend were tubing on the river when the storm hit.

"We thought we were going to die," Watkins said.

The pair was able to get out of the water and take refuge. They admit their mothers advised them not to go out, but they didn't listen.

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