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High winds, heavy rains reported in central Nebraska; Omaha gets very little rain

High winds, heavy rains reported in central Nebraska; Omaha gets very little rain

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A line of thunderstorms that began in south-central Nebraska early Thursday brought high winds and heavy rains before moving southeast through the state.

“We had winds of 60 to 70 mph causing power outages and downed trees, mainly south of Interstate 80,” said Jordan Thies, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Hastings. The heaviest rains of 2 to 4 inches fell in a narrow swath in south-central Nebraska from Arapahoe to Red Cloud, he said.

Hastings reported up to a half-inch of rain, Thies said, while Grand Island had 1 to 1½ inches of rain.

Areas south of Columbus, in Genoa, Shelby and Silver Creek, had more than 2 inches of rain, Thies said.

In Omaha, Eppley Airfield reported just six-hundredths of an inch of rain, according to the National Weather Service office in Valley. Lincoln reported about the same amount.

About 1,600 OPPD customers were without power in Douglas County as of 8 a.m., but that number was down to about 400 by 8:30. Power outages due to weather also were reported in several central Nebraska communities, according to NPPD.

Severe storms are possible late Friday night into Saturday morning.


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