Wednesday, June 4, 2014

June 3 Storms Do Considerable Damage In Saline County

Dorchester and the surrounding area suffered considerable damage in Tuesday night's hail and wind storms, which came in two separate waves.

Pictures published with this posting are from the Dorchester and Wilber areas, as posted on social media. (Readers can click on the images for a better view.)

Still, all things considered, Dorchester fared much better than some other areas of Nebraska, including Blair, where at least one dozen were injured by baseball sized hail, and parts of Omaha, where residents were being evacuated by boats, according to the news wires and the Lincoln Journal Star.

In north-central Nebraska, where the severe storms first fired up around noon Tuesday, hail chased scouts off a river and wind tipped a truck along a highway.

In northeast Nebraska, pictures of hail the size of tennis balls emerged from Norfolk, and later, we saw hail-damaged homes in Plainview and car after car minus windows on an auto dealer's lot in Blair. 

There were water rescues and evacuations in Omaha, as some parts of town were drenched with 4 inches of rain in less than three hours, the weather service said.

There were tornado warnings in the Nebraska Panhandle and across parts of central Nebraska. Radar indicated a tornado on the ground west of Beatrice beginning about 10 p.m., but it lifted before reaching the city and hadn't caused any reported damage.

The story of the day was the extensive hail damage and the flooding in Omaha.

Blair was among the areas pounded by hail, with the Woodhouse Auto Family of dealerships tweeting that 4,500 vehicles in their $152 million inventory were damaged.

Blair City Manager Rod Storm said hail “broke most of the windows out of everything.”

Electrical power has been restored to all but a few hundred customers in eastern Nebraska who lost electricity when powerful thunderstorms rolled through.

Omaha Public Power District says that, as of 8:25 a.m. Wednesday, 859 customers still had no power. Spokesman Mike Jones says the number rose Wednesday morning because power was cut to more than 730 customers in one area so a tree could be removed from some wires. The outages peaked at more than 5,100 around 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Nebraska Public Power District said 122 customers in Craig and 747 customers Tekamah have no power. Both cities are in northeastern Nebraska.

Norris Public Power District said about 100 customers in DeWitt, Lewiston and other areas don't have power, down from around 3,500 who lost electricity during the storms.


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