Outage numbers are now down to 658 customers without power tonight. At the peak of the outage, there were 57,000 customers impacted. A fresh set of crews are taking over and will work through the night and into the morning to restore those still without power after yesterday's derecho wind event.
Restoration of those customers should be completed tomorrow. We greatly appreciate our customers' patience as we work through the damage caused by Monday's wind storm in order to restore power safely, as quickly as possible.
Tuesday, Aug. 11, 6:20 p.m.
Crews continue clearing up outages and making progress, but new outage calls have come in which has caused the numbers to flatten. There are now 1,527 customers without power. OPPD and mutual aid/contractor crews will continue working until 9 p.m. A fresh set of four OPPD crews and a troubleshooter will come in at that time and replace crews who have put in long hours on restoration.
There are 329 customers where the power lines serving them were severely damaged. Restoration for those customers could take until tomorrow.
OPPD appreciates the patience of all the customers impacted by this storm event, the seventh worst such storm in the utility's history in terms of number of outages. The wind event, a derecho, impacted customers from Nebraska to Michigan and caused more than 1 million customers to lose power.
4:28 p.m., Aug. 11, 2020
These final repairs take more time as they involve a large number of issues that need to be fixed. Often, crews are making individual or house-to-house repairs in order to be able to restore power.
We greatly appreciate our customers' patience as we work through the damage caused by Monday's wind storm in order to restore power safely, as quickly as possible.
OPPD is also grateful for help from our mutual aid partners, like Lincoln Electric System (LES). LES workers spent this afternoon replacing broken poles in the area of 34th & Franklin St. in Omaha.
2:15 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 11
There are now 1,528 customers without power as crews continue to make steady and safe progress after yesterday's wind storm. At its peak, there were 57,000 without power.
1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 11
OPPD crews and contractors have restored power to 97% of those originally impacted by yesterday's derecho wind storm. There are now 1,690 customers without power and that number is expected to continue to fall through the rest of the day and evening. At the height of the wind storm, there were 57,000 customers without power.
The remaining outages are evenly split among the north, south, east and west parts of the metro area. The south and north rural areas are cleaned up and those crews are now helping with metro-area restoration.
In addition to OPPD crews, mutual aid crews have responded to assist OPPD from Lincoln Electric System (LES), LE Meyers, Watts Electric, Loup Power District, and Cuming County Public Power.
Crews are reporting that while there have seen some broken poles, by far the majority of the issues they are seeing is from trees on power lines or trees that have brought power lines to the ground.
Work will continue through the day and into tonight with the vast majority of those still impacted expected to be brought back online this evening. There will likely be a small number of customers who's repairs will be resolved tomorrow. Those are the individual calls that require house-to-house repairs and take longer.
12 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 11
Outages are down to about 2,100 at this time, as our crews continue to work on a number of issues in need of repair across several counties. Douglas County remains the most impacted, with many tree-related issues impacting power lines and service. Our team will continue working until all are back online.
9:45 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 11
At this time, 2,900 customers are still without power. Nearly 900 separate issues account for those outages. Our crews are continuing to work safely to make repairs and restore power. But it will take some time to make all the fixes needed.
8:45 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 11
Crews have now restored power to more than 94% of those customers impacted by yesterday's wind storm. There are now 3,900 customers still without power, down from the peak of 57,000.
Crews continue to work to bring the rest of those impacted online. Lincoln Electric System (LES) has sent 10 workers and several pieces of backyard equipment to help OPPD crews with the restoration effort. Much of the remaining work will be related to more individualized issues and going house-to-house for repairs, which takes longer to work through.
OPPD appreciates our customer's patience as we know how difficult it can be to be without electricity. Yesterday's event, a derecho, left more than a million customers without power around the Midwest. Weather forecasters have compared derechos to inland hurricanes that spread destructive swaths of 58 mph or higher wind gusts more than 240 miles and 60 miles wide. Reports from across the region indicate this derecho, the first for our area in more than 10 years, uprooted trees, tore roofs off buildings and destroyed crops.
The storm started in South Dakota, swept down through Nebraska and across Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan. Iowa was hit especially hard and recorded winds of 100 mph.
Outages are on the decline. Lag time on our outage map does not reflect the full progress our crews have made. At this time, 4,500 customers are without power, as restoration work continues. A couple of repairs are nearly made which will energize power for another 1,000 customers soon.
The remaining outages are related to more individualized issues, which will take some time to work through. Our crews will not let up.
4 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 11
OPPD crews have been working through the night, making slow but steady progress in their restoration efforts.
Approximately 6,500 customers are still without power at this time. That's down from a peak of 57,000 late Monday morning after straight-line winds, in excess of 70 miles per hour, blew through our service territory. The gusts knocked down trees and tree limbs, creating a mess of power lines. Forestry teams have been working to clear debris so that our crews can get to power lines and equipment in order to make repairs.
Restoration is at a point where crews must make many individual or house-to-house repairs, which takes more time. We are working to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. We know how important electricity is, especially now with so many of us working from and taking classes from home.
We hope to have power restored to most customers by around midday, barring any unforeseen problems. However, in areas where damage is extensive, repairs may take longer. Some customers may not have power back until Wednesday.
We greatly appreciate our customers' patience. We know it's not easy being without power all this time. We are here for you. We will continue to work around the clock. And our team will not let up until we bring your lights back on.
10 p.m., Monday, Aug. 10
Crews continue making progress Monday night in the outage that left 57,000 customers without power at its peak. Currently, just over 84% of those customers have had their power restored as there are now about 9,000 customers without power.
Crews will continue working through the night to bring customers back online. They are working as safely and quickly as possible to make the necessary repairs.
8 p.m., Monday, Aug. 10
OPPD crews are now down to just over 10,000 customers still without power from this morning's wind event. Crews will continue working through the night to bring as many as possible back online. The majority - 90 to 95% - of those are expected to be back online by tomorrow as crews and contractors work around the clock.
A small number of customers who are served by lines that have been extensively damage may not be restored until Wednesday due to the time-consuming and hazardous work of clearing and repairing those damaged lines.
The straight-line winds that blew through the area was the seventh most damaging storm in OPPD's history in terms of outage numbers.
4 p.m., Monday, Aug. 10
OPPD's crews and contractors continue working as safely and quickly as possible to restore power to all those impacted by this morning's winds. There are now 12,900 customers without power, down from the original high of 57,000 customers.
A large number of those customers still without power, 5,500, are on four circuits that are still locked out. Crews will continue working to make the necessary repairs to get customers restored.
2:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 10
Crews continue working to restore power after this morning's straight-line winds knocked power out to 53,000 customers. Currently just over 50 percent of those customers have had their power restored as 23,100 customers are still without power.
There are 45 OPPD crews (95 employees) plus a number of contractors in the field spread out across the service territory working on power restoration. The damage from the storm was widespread, including across Omaha and both north and south of the metro.
This morning's wind storm is among the top-10 highest events in terms of power outages. It ranks seventh overall.
Crews will continue working as safely and as quickly as possible.
11:45 a.m., Monday, Aug. 10
OPPD crews continue working to restore power to the 53,000 customers who lost power due to straight-line winds that blew through the area this morning. Crews have been able to restore several circuit lockouts this morning. There are currently 50,800 customers without power.
Crews are now moving through the service territory patrolling circuits to find any potential damage as a result of the winds. Crews will soon begin needed repairs and get power restored. There have been reports of lines down and tree damage, and some of that restoration work can be more time-consuming because the work involves clearing tree limbs from lines first.
10:15 a.m., Monday, Aug. 10
OPPD crews are working to restore power to more than 55,500 customers who lost power as straight line winds in excess of 60 and 70 miles an hour blew through our service territory. We have called in additional work crews to help restore power as quickly and as safely as possible. We ask that the public keep a distance from our crews for their safety and for the safety of our customers.
OPPD also reminds customers to ALWAYS treat power lines as though they are live and high-voltage and extremely DANGEROUS. Stay far back and call OPPD at 1-800-554-OPPD (6773) or 911 to report the hazard. More guidance on safety around downed power lines can be found here.
Above photo shows a tree knocked down near 96th St., between Dodge and Pacific St. in Omaha.
9:27 a.m. (updated at 10 a.m.), Monday, Aug. 10
OPPD crews are responding to widespread power outages in our service territory, caused by straight line winds in excess of 50 and 60 miles an hour. At this time, 52,288 customers are without power. We have called in additional personnel to help restore power as quickly and as safely as possible.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), a strong storm system developed around Tekamah and Fremont and quickly intensified. The system's strength pushed out a huge wind gust to the south and east, which is what struck the Omaha area. Brian Barjenbruch, an NWS meteorologist, said the gust intensified as it traveled east, going from 55 mph gust in Fremont to 67 mph at Eppley Airfield in Omaha.
There have been reports of some gusts in the area exceeding 70 mph.
At left, straight line winds knocked down a tree near 93rd & Pacific St. this morning.
Barjenbruch said the cool thunderstorm air mixed with unstable warm air caused the gust to hang close to the ground. "It just surged and intensified when it got down here," he said.
If you are without power, please report it online or by calling 1-800-554-OPPD (6773), so we are aware of issues in your particular area and can respond.
8:50 a.m., Monday, Aug. 10
Crews are responding to two circuit lockouts in the North Bend area that was caused by lightning. There are 1,365customers without power. There are reports of heavy lightning activity in that area currently.
Crews are hoping to have repairs made by 10:30 barring no unforeseen problems.