Friday outages resolved, more storms expected tonight

3:18 p.m., Friday, Aug. 20

The remaining customers from the Midtown Omaha outage were brought back online at 3:15 p.m.

The Sarpy County outage was restored at 1 p.m. The cause was a downed primary line that was repaired and reattached by crews near 96th Street and Fairview Road.

There remains a chance for serious thunderstorms yet tonight. Those storms could include heavy wind, damaging winds, lightning, and possibly the chance of tornadoes.

12 p.m., Friday, Aug. 20

Power has been restored for the majority of customers who were out in Midtown Omaha. They lost power just before 9 a.m. due to large trees falling on power lines as a round of morning storms passed through.

A small number of customers remain without power until a tree crew can clear the debris, making way for OPPD crews to make repairs to the fallen lines. We do not yet have an estimated restoration time for those customers, but we will post updates here as we learn more.

11:30 a.m.

As our crews continue to work to restore power in the Midtown Omaha area, they’ve discovered large trees down on a power line at 50th St., between Leavenworth and Mayberry St.

They are working on switching within the circuit in order to isolate the issue to as small of an area as they can. That will enable them to restore power to more customers while making repairs. A tree crew is responding to help them clear the tree and trim back other tree growth, so our crews can begin their work on the power line.

The area impacted is bound between Jones St. to the north and Dupont St. to the south, from 46th St. to 66th St. About 1,100 customers currently remain without power. We do not yet have an estimated restoration time, but we will report updates here as we learn more.

10:10 a.m.

Most of the 589 customers in Sarpy County who were impacted by an outage this morning are back online now. Work continues to get power back to the remaining customers. The outage began at 8:35 a.m.

Our troubleshooter found a downed primary power line on Fairview Rd., west of 96th St. A line crew has been called in to make repairs.

We hope to have the final customers restored by 1 p.m., barring any unforeseen problems.

9:40 a.m.

OPPD is receiving reports of wires down at 108th & Fairview Rd, which may be the cause of the power outage impacting 589 customers in Sarpy County. We have a troubleshooter and line crew responding to this area to verify the report, ensure the area is safe, and make any needed repairs.

Those impacted are between Schram Rd. to the north and Buffalo Rd. to the south, from 114th St. to 144th St.

We are hoping to have power restored within the hour, depending on the extent of problems our crews find.

9:05 a.m.

A second outage has been reported in the Midtown area and is impacting 2,162 customers. A crew is headed to that area now to investigate the cause.

The area impacted is bound between Jones St. to the north and Dupont St. to the south, from 46th St. to 66th St.

8:55 a.m.

The OPPD service territory could be in for a stormy day today, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Valley. The first storm system is currently passing through the area bringing heavy rain and some lightning, but no wind.

That will likely change later today as the second storm hits the area. “We could see all kinds of weather conditions,” said Clint Aegerter, a meteorologist with NWS. Hail and strong winds are expected and there could even be a tornado or two. As of this morning, the second wave of storms will likely hit the area around 5 or 6 p.m., when a cold front develops.

Aegerter said the system will move through pretty quickly.

An outage was reported this morning in southwest Omaha. Currently 589 customers are impacted. There is no cause and a troubleshooter and two-man crew are heading to the area to inspect the circuit.

Whenever severe weather hits there is the chance for power outages. Stay up-to-date here on our Storm & Outage Center site.

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About Jason Kuiper

Jason Kuiper joined OPPD as a communications specialist in 2015. He formerly worked as a staff writer and reporter at the Omaha World-Herald.

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.