Windy weather

7 a.m. – Jan. 14, 2021

We currently have nearly 200 customers without power, following gusty weather overnight. Most of those outages in Douglas County.

Windy weather started overnight and will continue through Friday, according to forecasters. The National Weather Service (NWS) has extended a high wind warning through 6 p.m. Friday for portions of Nebraska. As indicated by the red area of the NWS map to the right, this includes Tekamah and areasNWS wind map north. The rest of our service territory is under a wind advisory. To view an interactive map of locations impacted, click here.

Forecasters say conditions could be gusty enough over the next couple of days to knock down trees and powerlines. If you lose power, be sure to report it online or by calling 1-800-554-OPPD (6773), so we are aware and can respond.

If you should encounter downed power lines, always assume they are live, high-voltage, and extremely dangerous. Stay far back and call OPPD or 911 to report the hazard. More safety tips on this topic can be found at OPPDTheWire.com.

8:30 p.m. – Jan. 13, 2021

Overnight, forecasters expect damaging winds to begin kicking up within our service territory. The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for Colfax, Butler, Saunders, Douglas, Sarpy, Seward, Lancaster, Saline, Jefferson and Gage Counties.

This warning is in effect from midnight to 6 a.m., with northwest winds of between 25 and 35 miles per hour expected. Gusts could reach between 50 and 60 mph, strong enough to knock down trees and, potentially, power lines.

If you lose power, be sure to report it online or by calling 1-800-554-OPPD (6773), so we are aware. Our crews will be ready to respond. We know how important power is to our customers, particularly in this cold weather, and with so many customers working from home or learning remotely. Please know that we will work as quickly as safely possible to make repairs, as may be needed.

If you should encounter downed power lines, always assume they are live, high-voltage, and extremely dangerous. Stay far back and call OPPD or 911 to report the hazard. More safety tips on this topic can be found at OPPDTheWire.com.

The high wind warning will be downgraded to a wind advisory starting at 6 a.m. Thursday. While winds may die down for a while, they are expected to become stronger, again, in the afternoon. The wind advisory will remain in effect through noon on Friday. And that day may bring other challenges. Forecasters say our service territory could receive an inch or two of snow which, combined with winds, could create hazardous travel conditions.

We will post weather and outage updates here as conditions warrant.

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 teenagers (a boy and a girl), who keep her and her husband, Dave, hopping. Busy and blessed.