The thunderstorm and tornadoes that hit the Omaha area on Friday, June 16, ranks fourth in list of worst outages to hit the OPPD service territory. The list is based on outage numbers at the peak of the storm.
Friday’s storm included two recorded tornadoes, an EF1 and an EF2, in the Bellevue area, with some homes significantly damaged by the high winds. The storm also damaged many power structures in the area, resulting in a peak of 76,000 outages.
OPPD storm manager Ryan Mayberry said the storm was particularly destructive. Typical summer storms damage mostly power poles and lines that transport electricity from substations to customers, he said. But this storm also damaged high-voltage structures and lines that transport electricity from the power plant to the substations.
Below is an infographic of the Top 10 storms to impact OPPD’s service territory in the past 40 years. The June 16 storm is not yet represented in this graphic.