Heavy hail reported around much of OPPD area, outage numbers dwindling

Tuesday, June 7

10:30 p.m. 

Crews continue to make progress in restoring power to those customers impacted by tonight’s thunderstorms. There are currently about 600 customers without power, most of whom are in Douglas, Sarpy and Nemaha counties.

8:25 p.m.

About 1,400 customers have lost power in the Midtown Omaha area tonight as storms passed through Omaha.

Much of the OPPD service territory is reporting large amounts of hail and heavy rain. Roads are slick from the accumulated hail that has fallen, including golf-ball sized hail near 72nd and Harrison streets. Leaves are stripped of trees in numerous areas in the midtown, south and west Omaha.

Severe weather could continue for the next few hours.

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Heavy rain near 42nd Street and Bernadette.

10 a.m.

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Valley says there is potential for severe weather tonight across the OPPD service territory. Storms could bring heavy rain, large hail – up to baseball sized, wind gusts of up to 75 mph and even tornadoes.

According to the NWS, the threat of storms increases from 2 to 4 p.m., with the greatest risk for severe weather from 4 to 11 p.m.

Whenever there is severe weather, especially with high wind gusts, there is the potential for power outages.

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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.