Crews continue making progress in restoration efforts

9 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 25

Crews continue working tonight and have now restored power to all but 436 customers following the early morning storms that hit the OPPD service territory early this morning. Crews will keep working as safely and quickly as they can to finish restoration efforts. At the peak of the storm, about 14,000 customers were without power.

7:15 p.m

Crews have made good progress in the last few hours as there are now 714 customers without power, down from the peak of about 14,000 this morning shortly after the strong storm system blew through. The storm had wind gusts in excess of 60 mph which caused problems with trees and power lines. Lightning, hail and heavy rain also accompanied the storm.

Crews will continue working into the night in their efforts to restore power.

5:45 p.m.

Crews continue working on storm restoration as 1,605 customers are still without power, the majority in the south metro area. Crews will continue to work into the night to get those customers back online.

 

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3:45 p.m.

The number of customers without power is now down to 1,773 as crews continue to work on restoration after the early morning storm that blew through the area and knocked power out to about 14,000 customers at its peak.

Crews will continue to work into the night restore power to those impacted by the storm which featured winds gust up to 60 mph and heavy rain and lightning.

1:25 p.m.

Restoration continues this afternoon to restore power to those impacted by the early morning storm that hit the area. At this time, about 2,800 customers are without power. The majority of those customers are in Douglas and Sarpy counties, primarily south Omaha and Bellevue.

The restoration for the remaining customers include repairs that are particularly challenging as they involve individualized issues, such as trees tangled up in power lines or that brought lines down. Tree crews are assisting with the work and often have to clear trees from the lines before the repairs can be made.

At this time, we do not have estimated restoration times. We appreciate our customers’ patience as we work through the damage in order to bring power back as quickly and as safely as possible. We will continue to post updates here as we learn more.

10:30 a.m.

Our crews are restoring power slowly, but surely, with complex tree and power line damage due to overnight storms. At this time, 3,813 customers are still without power. Most of those customers are in Douglas and Sarpy County, primarily the south Omaha and Bellevue neighborhoods. But we have scattered outages in a number of other locations, as well.

The remaining repairs are particularly challenging, because none of them are due to circuits being out.  When a circuit is out, one repair could restore power to hundreds of customers at one time. But what our crews are seeing this morning are many individual issues, between power lines down and trees in power lines. When trees are involved, we need forestry crews to come in to untangle and clear electric equipment of branches and debris before our repair crews can begin their work.

At this time, we do not have estimated restoration times. We appreciate our customers’ patience as we work through the damage in order to bring power back as quickly and as safely as possible. We will continue to post updates here as we learn more.

8:15 a.m.

Many in the OPPD service territory woke up Wednesday morning to limbs and branches strews across yards and streets as well as scattered outages in Douglas and Sarpy counties. Overnight, wind gusts in excess of 50 mph coupled with hail, heavy rain and lightning knocked power out to about 14,000 customers. There were even reports of wind gust of more than 60 mph, according the National Weather Service. Crews have made steady progress in restorations as that number is now down to 4,092 customers.

OPPD’s crews and some contractors will continue working throughout the day to restore power to all impacted areas. Crews were called in overnight to begin restoration efforts after the 1 a.m. storm. Outage restoration information will continue to be posted here.

6:12 a.m.

OPPD crews have worked through the night and are making progress on restorations after an overnight storm caused outages across the area. There are currently 5,832 customers impacted by the storm, down from a peak of 14,000 customers. Outage numbers could go up this morning as people wake up and report their outages.

The storm struck the area shortly before 1 a.m. Heavy lightning, strong winds and hail were reported with the storm front. Crews will continue working to restore power as safely and quickly as possible.

1:50 a.m.

Outage numbers continue to rise at the storm system moves its way out of the OPPD service territory. Outage numbers now show nearly 14,000 customers have been impacted by the early morning storm system that swept across the metro area causing outages in Douglas and Sarpy counties.

Crews will be working as safely and quickly as they can to restore power to those areas impacted by the storm system.

1:15 a.m.

A storm system with strong winds and lightning hit the OPPD service territory starting about 1 a.m.

Nearly 12,000 customers are without power Wednesday morning as the storms pass through the service territory. The majority of the outages are in the southern and central parts of the metro area.

OPPD crews are mobilizing to work on restoration to the impacted areas.

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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.