Outages down to 150; most will be resolved by midnight

8:30 p.m.

Steady, hard work in heavy rain throughout the day has reduced the number of outages to less than 150 customers.

OPPD expects to resolve nearly all of the outages by midnight. Some of the final  restoration calls have involved repairs and affected single customers, which can take more time.

7:30 p.m.

OPPD crews continue the steady work of restoring the remaining outages from Monday’s storm and heavy rain. At this time, less than 400 customers are without power.

The crews will continue working into the night to finish up these remaining calls.

Monday, Aug. 20, 4:15 p.m.

At this time, fewer than 700 customers remain without power following early morning storms. This is down from a peak of around 16,000 outages, shortly after 8 a.m.

OPPD crews had 90 percent of those outages restored within 6 hours. Much of the trouble involved either trees falling onto power lines due to rain-drenched soil, or tree branches knocked down by strong winds.

Much more work lies ahead, and it’s of a slower, more tedious nature, with many individual problems impacting the electric service of those customers still out. Our team will keep at it until all customers have power, once again. They hope to have power restored to most by midnight tonight, barring any unforeseen issues or more severe weather.

Monday, Aug. 20, 2:10 p.m.

As of 2 p.m., 1,034 customers remain without power. These outages are tied to nearly 300 separate issues, which will take some time to work through.

At this point, most larger outages have been repaired. For the remaining outages, progress will be slow and steady throughout the afternoon and evening.

Barring any unforeseen problems or more severe weather, we expect most customers will be restored by midnight.

For any new outages, or outages not yet reported to OPPD, please be sure to let us know – either online or by calling 1-800-554-6773.

Check out our story and photo gallery, from today, showing the kind of work OPPD crews have been doing in response to this storm.

Monday, Aug. 20, 12 p.m.

Outage numbers are coming down, with 1,837 customers still without power – most in Douglas County. Power is 90 percent restored from the peak of about 16,000 outages this morning.

At this time, all circuits have been at least partially restored. Crews continue to make progress on fuse-related outages, tied to some large outage clusters. As those repairs are made, we will continue to see outage numbers decline this afternoon.

In addition, there are approximately 200 separate service issues that will likely take more time. These fixes can be tedious in nature, requiring crews to go house to house to get those customers up and running again.

Check out this story and photo gallery, which show more of what OPPD crews have been up against with this particular storm.

We will continue to post updates here as we get more information.

Monday, Aug. 20, 10:35 a.m.

OPPD crews continue to work to bring power back to all who have been impacted by weather-related outages. At this time, 5,475 customers remain without power.

Our teams out in the field have restored two of three circuits, which had remained out at our last update. The one circuit that remains without power impacts 1,225 customers between Deer Ridge Rd. (north) and State St. (south), from 52nd St. (east) to 108th St. (west).

Crews will keep working make repairs as quickly as safely possible.

Monday, Aug. 20, 9:55 a.m.

Our crews continue to make progress, while working in challenging weather conditions. Outages are now down to 9,850.

14th & JaynesWe still have three circuits locked out. Troubleshooters are working to identify the specific causes of each of those in order to make repairs and bring those customers back online.

As the rain continues to drench our service territory, outage numbers may fluctuate.

At left, OPPD crews worked to repair a broken pole Monday morning, at 14th & Jaynes.

We will continue to post updates here as we learn more. Meantime, please be sure to report any downed lines by calling 911 or OPPD at 1-800-554-6773.

Please watch our outage map for updates.

Monday, Aug. 20, 8:45 a.m., updated at 9:30 a.m.

OPPD crews are making progress restoring power outages that occurred after the strong storms rolled through early this morning. From about 16,017 outages at 8 a.m., that number is now down again to just over 12,900.

As suspected, the circuit lockouts were caused by trees and winds, and some of this clean up will take time. There’s a lot of activity at our metro centers as crews have been dispatched and support personnel are securing supplies.

Caution is urged driving in areas where traffic signals are not working. Numerous traffic lights remain out, and OPPD and city crews are working to restore these. Motorists should treat these areas as four-way stops.

We remind people to stay away from downed power lines, treating them as live and high voltage. Report any downed lines to 911 or OPPD at 1-800-554-6773.

Please watch our outage map for updates.

7:15 a.m.
At this time, 7 circuits are locked out in the OPPD service territory, most in the Omaha metro area. The outages are affecting 12,584 customers in primarily the north and northeast parts of Omaha.

OPPD crews have been arriving and are being dispatched to the outages. The outages are most likely related to trees falling into power lines and high winds associated with the rain that moved into the area this morning.

Be mindful of traffic signals that may be affected by the outages and debris that may be in the roads as you begin your morning commute. There have been reports of traffic lights out in areas of northeast Omaha.

If you are without power, report it online or call 1-800-554-6773.

6:10 a.m.
Outage numbers have risen as people wake up to start their day. At this time,  12,794 customers are without power. High winds and heavy rain are currently moving through the area and there have been reports of downed tree limbs in some areas.

Be mindful of traffic signals that may be affected by the outages and debris that may be in the roads as you begin your morning commute.

Monday, August 20, 5:30 a.m.
Wind and rain in the area are contributing to outages in and around the Omaha metro area. At this time, 6,197 customers are without power. This number could increase as people awaken to start their day.

As the morning commute approaches, be mindful of traffic signals that may be affected by outages.

Laura King-Homan

About Laura King-Homan

Laura King-Homan is a contributor to the Storm & Outage Center and a communications specialist at OPPD. She has nearly 20 years of print journalism and design experience, which lets her tell the stories of OPPD and its employees both graphically and through her writing.

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.

Paula Lukowski

About Paula Lukowski

Paula Lukowski has more than 35 years of experience in corporate communications, 28 of them at OPPD.