After morning storms, Sunday is hot, hot, hot

3:40 p.m.

Power was restored in Washington County before 2:30 p.m.  At this time, OPPD crews have a couple dozen scattered power outages they are working on. These outages are from this morning’s round of storms. Like our customers, they are hoping the weather gives us all a break from the service disruptions.

They are taking precautions in the heat. The trucks are equipped with extra water so our outdoor workers can stay hydrated. Those workers are also taking breaks regularly to avoid heat exhaustion. We urge our customers to do the same. For those spending much time outside, today, check out these warning signs of heat-related illness.

If you have a new service disruption, please be sure to report it online or by calling 1-800-554-OPPD. Please continue to view our outage map for the latest numbers and locations of outages throughout our service territory.

2:20 p.m.

There are reports of a downed wire on Nebraska St., which is likely the cause of the power outage impacting more than 2,300 customers in and around Blair.

The customers affected are between County Road 16th and County Road 24, Industrial Park Drive to County Road 25. The circuit serving them walked out at 1:34 p.m.

OPPD crews are responding, and will restore power as quickly and as safely as possible. We will continue to post updates as we learn more.

12:46 p.m.

The circuit impacting customers in Millard has been fully restored. Power is back for all in this area.

11:55 a.m.

Within the past 20-minutes, power was restored to about 90 percent of the customers impacted by the downed power line.

Customers between 132nd and 139th St., from Spring St. to Valley St. are still without power, as our crew continues their work.

11:07 a.m.

Troubleshooters found a downed wire at 132nd and Westwood Lane, which led to a circuit outage impacting 1,326 customers.  Those impacted are south of Westwood Lane, and north to West Center Rd., from 132nd to 138th St.

Our crews are working to clear the line and repair the damage; however, we do not yet have an estimated time of restoration.

We have additional scattered outages, following more morning storms, as well.

We will post updates here as we learn more.

11:07 a.m.

Outages are impacting 1,373 customers, mostly in Douglas County. We have a troubleshooter patrolling a locked out circuit to determine the cause. We will post updates here as we learn more.

7:38 a.m.

Some in our area are waking up to power outages, after an early morning thunderstorm. We have about 67 scattered power outages at this time.  Please remember to report any new service disruptions online or  by calling 1-800-554-OPPD.  You can view our outage map for the latest numbers and locations of outages throughout our service territory.

As storms move out, prepare for a hot day ahead. The forecast is calling  for a high of 96 degrees. If you plan to be outside, check out these warning signs of heat-related illness.

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6 a.m.

This morning, 14 customers are without power. Our crews will continue restoration work to bring those final customers back online after Saturday’s storms.

Thunderstorms are moving through our area, once again.  If you have a service disruption, please be sure to report it online or by calling 1-800-554-OPPD.

12 a.m.,  June 10, 2018

At this time, 71 customers are still without power. Of these, 28 lost power in a second round of storms that moved through the south rural territory Saturday.

11:20 p.m., June 9, 2018

We are down to 120 customers without power; 43 of them lost power during storms today in our south rural territory. The other outages were related to overnight storms. The remaining repair work is slow and tedious. With the length of time it has been taking to make repairs, our crews will not be able to bring all customers back online by midnight as they had hoped.

Our new goal is to have the remaining customers back online by 6 a.m., and our team will be working hard overnight to meet this goal. It is still possible our workers that could encounter unforeseen problems, but they will make every effort to bring power back as quickly and as safely as possible.

We sincerely thank our customers for their patience, especially during an extremely hot weekend.

We will post a morning update, when we have more information. Meantime, please continue to view our outage map for the latest numbers and locations of outages throughout our service territory.

10.10 p.m.

We have 149 customers without power at this time; 43 of them are new power outages caused by stormy weather, today, in OPPD”s south rural territory.

Out crews still anticipate restoring power to those impacted by last night’s storms, by midnight.

9:40 p.m.

Outages are down to 185, as OPPD crews continue their restoration work.

8:15 p.m.

As of 8 p.m., OPPD’s service territory has 351 outages remaining. These are tied to 123 separate storm-related problems, including trees and limbs falling on power lines, as well as other damaged equipment.  Tree branch down

The photo to the left was taken near 90th and Center St. this morning.

Weather in the south rural territory slowed work there for a bit this evening; however, crews are still making good progress toward their goal of full restoration by midnight.

Please continue to view our outage map for the latest numbers and locations of outages throughout our service territory.

6:15 p.m.

There are currently 391 outages remaining, tied to 126 separate issues. This is down from more than 6,300 this morning.

6:05 p.m.

Outages continue to decline, fewer than 500 at this time. Crews continue to work toward a goal of complete restoration by midnight, barring any unforeseen problems.

Many individual issues are contributing to these outages, which is why repairs have been so time-intensive.

We appreciate our customers’ patience during such tough conditions. Our crews will not let up until their work is done, and power is back for all.

4:15 p.m. *updated at 4:47 p.m.

The latest outage report shows 723 customers remain without power, with 131 separate issues contributing to those outages. Work will continue until all customers are back online.

*The estimated time for full restoration of all customers is midnight, barring any unforeseen problems.

 4 p.m.

Outage numbers continue to decline, with just over 900 customers who remain without power. OPPD crews will not let up until all customers are back online.

Please continue to view our outage map for the latest numbers and locations of outages throughout our service territory.

We will post more updates here, as they are available.

2:15 p.m.

Our crews are continuing grueling outage restoration work in the heat. Outages are down to 1,450, now. But much work remains.

One of the problem areas is around 28th & Mary, where a downed tree took out several poles, damaged four transormers, and left a mangled mess of wire. Crews have been on the scene since this morning, but it could be 8 or 9 p.m. before power is restored there.

Trees falling into power lines has been a big problem with last night’s storm. If you encounter downed lines, ALWAYS treat them as LIVE and high-voltage. Stay far back and call OPPD or 911 to report the situation.

12:30 p.m.

As of this time, we have nearly 1,550 customers still without power. This is down from nearly 6,300 outages this morning.

Our crews are working as quickly and as safely as they can to bring power back to the remaining customers who have been out since last night’s storm. They are making progress, despite challenges with this particular storm.

This is a tough event in terms of the sheer number of separate issues, caused by overnight storms. When we have an entire circuit out, we are able to make repairs that restore a large number of customers at once. Unfortunately, this is a different type of outage event, with a large number of individual problems which require more tedious, often door-to-door repairs.

Downed tree – 90th & CenterIn addition, issues such as downed tree limbs and entire trees in some spots mean our repair crews must work with foresters. They must safely clear debris from power lines before repairs can be made.

We empathize with those customers dealing with outages in today’s heat. Our crews must also take precautions while working in this weather, including staying hydrated and taking occasional breaks to avoid heat exhaustion. They are dedicated to bringing the power back to you just as soon as possible. We thank our customers for their patience.

If you an outage that has not already been reported, please be sure to report it online or by calling 1-800-554-OPPD. This is the only way we can know that you have been impacted. By reporting your outage, our Customer Care reps can also provide you with estimated restoration time frames, when that is possible.

Please view our outage map for the latest numbers and locations of outages throughout our service territory. We will provide further updates as we receive them.

10:20 a.m.

Restoration progress is slow, but steady, at this point. We have 2,655 customers still without power.

Currently, these outages do not include any circuit lock-outs. That means, rather than many outages tied to one or two main problems, we have many individual problems contributing. So work will likely be time-intensive.

Downed trees and limbs, as shown below near 90th & Center St., are another issue. These require help from Forestry crews before our crews can make electrical repairs.

We thank our impacted customers for their patience, especially on such a hot day. If you have a service disruption, please be sure to report it online or by calling 1-800-554-OPPD.

We will continue to provide updates as they are available.

8:45 a.m.

Outages are down to 2,785 at this time, most in Douglas County. However, we’ve got scattered outages throughout our service territory.

Overnight storms caused damage like toppled trees, like you see, below. This photograph was taken this morning near 90th & Center St.

OPPD crews continue to respond, and they are working to restore power as quickly and as safely as they can. If you have a service disruption, report it online or by calling 1-800-554-OPPD.

8 a.m.

Our crews are making good progress this morning. Currently, more than 4,700 customers remain without power.

7:27 a.m.

With additional outages reported, we now have more than 6,300 customers without power. More than 5,700 are in Douglas County.

Those without power should be sure to report outages online or by calling 1-800-554-OPPD.

Our crews are working to restore power. We will provide progress updates, here, as we receive them.

5:57 a.m.

Our team has restored a circuit, bringing a number of Douglas County customers back online.  At this time, we still have 3,830 reported outages.

Of those, 2,748 are in Douglas County, 978 are in Cass County, and we have scattered outages in Sarpy, Washington, Saunders and Otoe Counties, as well.

As the wind continues to howl, and more customers wake up to realize they are without power, we expect outage numbers will fluctuate. Please view our outage map for the latest numbers and locations of outages throughout our service territory.

If you have a service disruption, report it online or by calling 1-800-554-OPPD. 

5:25 a.m.

Overnight storms bringing heavy rain, lightning, and strong wind gusts, have led to power outages – nearly 6,000 reported at this time.

Most of these outages  – 4,879 –  are in Douglas County. However, we have 932 customers without power in Dodge County. We also have scattered outages in Sarpy, Washington, Saunders and Otoe County.

Our troubleshooters and repair crews are responding. They will restore power as quickly and as safely as possible, once they have determined the causes.

If you wake up to learn you are without power, please report it online or by calling 1-800-554-OPPD.  We will continue to provide updates, here, as they are available.

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Jodi Baker

About Jodi Baker

Jodi Baker writes stories and shoots videos for The Wire. Jodi was a television news reporter before she came to work for OPPD as a media specialist in 2013. She's married with two children (a boy and a girl) and an allergy-ridden little Cairn Terrier.