Thunderstorms bring power outages

6:15 a.m., Oct. 4, 2024

Our crews continue to make good headway on their final stretch of storm-related power outage restoration. At this time, 86 customers remain without power.

6:15 a.m.

Our crews worked through the night and made great progress restoring power to those who lost service during last night’s thunderstorms.

They restored power to the circuit serving 683 customers in northwest Douglas County at 12:57 a.m. The cause was a failed voltage regulator, which has been replaced.

The outage that had impacted 693 customers in Washington County was restored at 1:35 a.m., through switching power to another source. The cause was a downed power line near County Rd P43 south of County Rd 40. Crews will complete repairs of that line today; however, this is not expected to  impact service further.

Currently, there are 118 power outages remaining — mainly in Sarpy County and Douglas County. OPPD continues to work on this last leg of repairs to bring these customers back online.

If your power is out when you wake up and you have not yet reported it to OPPD, please be sure to do so, so that wenare aware and can respond. You can report outages online or by calling 1-800-554-OPPD (6773).

12:45 a.m.

OPPD crews continue to work to restore power to 2,751 customers in six counties who lost service when thunderstorms rolled through the area tonight. At this time, Douglas County has the highest number of service disruptions. All customers in Cass County who were impacted by a tree in a power line earlier this evening were back online as of 12:42 a.m.

We expect outage numbers to fluctuate overnight, and our crews will continue to respond to troubleshoot issues and make repairs. Thanks to our impacted customers for their patience as we work through problems like trees and limbs in power lines and other weather-related issues.

This will be our last informational post tonight. We will post new progress updates in the morning. Meantime, we remind customers to report power outages online or by calling 1-800-554-OPPD (6773).

11:50 p.m., Oct. 3, 2023

A new circuit lockout in Douglas County is impacting  683 customers between County Rd. 38 and Ames Ave., from 204th St. to 168th St. They lost power at 11:41 p.m.  OPPD is sending the next available troubleshooters to look for the cause of this outage.  We do not yet have an estimated time of restoration.

We have 2,588 customers currently without power throughout the service territory due to thunderstorms in our area tonight. Our crews are continuing to work as quickly as safely possible to bring power back to those impacted.

11:15 p.m.

Our crews found that a tree in a power line near S. 202nd St. and N. Stable Dr., caused the power outage that impacated 917 customers in Cass County this evening. We were able to do some switching of the electric load to another source in order to restore power to the majority of impacted customers. However, 164 customers will remain without power until our tree trimmers can complete their work. We hope to have these customers back online by about 12:30 a.m., barring any unforeseen problems.

We still have 1,555 power outages throughout our service territory at this time. Our crews continue to respond to troubleshoot the issues behind them and make needed repairs

If you experience a power outage, please be sure to report it right away so OPPD is aware and can respond. You can do so online or by calling 1-800-554-OPPD (6773).

10:30 p.m.

Our crews are now responding to an outage in Washington County, impacting 693 customers between Washington St. and Pawnee Rd., from Pioneer Rd. to the Missouri River. The circuit serving these customers locked out at 10:19 p.m. We are sending a troubleshooter to check out reports of a possible pole fire near County Rd. P43 and County Rd. 40.  We do not have an estimated time of repair yet.

At this time, 2,551 of our customers across several counties are without power as storms continue to roll through. We are continuing to work diligently to troubleshoot causes and make repairs as quickly as safely possible.

9:20 p.m.

OPPD crews are responding to a number of power outages in several counties tonight. The largest numer are in Cass County, where 917 customers lost power at 8:54 p.m. Customers impacted are between Railway Ave. to the north and County Rd. B to the south, between 250th St. and 190th St.

In Sarpy County, 418 customers are currently without power. And, in total, we have 1,453 outages currently in our service territory. Our crews are working as quickly as safely possible to bring power back for those impacted. We will post updates here as we learn more.

8 p.m.

Storms are rolling through our service territory, with the potential of turning severe. The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch until 11 p.m. for Sarpy, Douglas, and Cass Counties. This includes the cities of Bellevue, La Vista, Omaha, Papillion and Plattsmouth.

Several hundred customers are currently without power in Sarpy County. Our crews will work to restore power as it is safe to do so, but must take precautions with lightning.

If you experience a power outage, be sure to report it right away so OPPD is aware and can respond. You can do so online or by calling 1-800-554-OPPD (6773).

8 a.m.

Forecasters say a few isolated and mild thunderstorms are possible late this morning into this afternoon. By late this afternoon, a cold front will sweep through the region and likely bring multiple waves of thunderstorms. These storms have the potential to be strong to severe, capable of producing damaging wind gusts, large hail, frequent lightning, and torrential rainfall.

If you experience a power outage, be sure to report it right away so OPPD is aware and can respond. You can do so online or by calling 1-800-554-OPPD (6773).

You can take steps to prepare for the possiblity of a power outage:

  • Stash flashlights in a couple of places you can easily find in the dark. Make sure they have batteries and are working.
  • Charge cell phones, tablets and other needed batter-powered devices ahead of time For extra power, consider using a portable charger to provide back-up power for those devices.
  • Fill your car’s gas tank ahead of a storm since gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps.
  • Know how to manually release your electronic garage door, so you can get your car out during an outage.
  • Download the OPPDConnect app for easy outage reporting.


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.