Crews addressing outages following early morning storm

May 28, 2019, 4:40 p.m.

All storm-related outages from this morning have been restored.

We have 193 new outages, mostly in the Auburn area, to which our crews are responding. These are likely weather-related, as well.

At the peak of the event this morning, 7,500 customers were without power. OPPD Crews worked diligently throughout the day to clear debris from power lines and equipment.

OPPD is ready to respond in case another round of storms tonight results in power outages. You can take steps now to prepare for the possibility of outages. If you should lose power, please report it online or by calling 1-800-554-OPPD.

May 28, 2019, 12:45 p.m.

Outage numbers have gone down considerably. At this time, 439 customers are without power. Restoration work in the Omaha metro is proving tedious for OPPD crews. In several areas, crews are finding damage from tree limbs and overall debris.

More rounds of storms are forecast for the OPPD service territory this afternoon into tonight. Heavy rain, damaging winds and large hail are part of the forecast, with the most severe weather predicted for far southeast Nebraska.

May 28, 2019, 9:10 a.m.

Outage numbers continue to drop in the Omaha metro area following early morning thunderstorms. At this time, 1,757 customers are without power. OPPD crews are onsite assessing damage and making repairs to restore remaining outages. Tuesday’s storms brought heavy rain, damaging winds and hail.

A second round of thunderstorms is forecast to begin later this afternoon. Be aware of weather forecasts as you go about your day and keep an eye on the sky.

May 28, 2019, 7:15 a.m.

OPPD crews are on the site of several circuit lockouts across the Omaha metro area. The lockouts have resulted in 4,072 customers without power. Personnel are seeing damage to equipment due to large limbs falling into lines.

May28 storm_more hailThunderstorms moved through the area earlier this morning, bringing hail and heavy rain. Reports of standing water and accumulated hail on roadways have been coming in as the morning commute begins.

The National Weather Service is forecasting continued storms throughout the day today, including the potential for more hail, damaging winds and heavy rain. The additional rain also raises the threat of flash flooding on area rivers and streams.

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Hail and heavy rain stripped trees in Omaha, blanketing sidewalks and lawns.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019, 4:51 a.m.

Thunderstorms are moving through the OPPD service territory this morning, resulting in some power outages. At this time, 6,768 customers are affected in mostly Douglas and Sarpy counties. This number could rise as people wake up and begin their day. Crews are assessing the situations and will work to restore power.

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.