Tuesday, October 4, 2016

SOAKED: Dorchester Gets Drenched In October Storm

Around 2.5 inches of rain had dropped on Dorchester as of 7:15 p.m. Tuesday night, with roughly 2 inches of that coming down in a 75 minute soaking that started at 6 p.m.

Small hail also pounded the village.

The early October thunderstorm was accompanied by wicked-sharp lighting that apparently struck a light pole near the post office and Barley Specialties on Main Street (Washington Ave.) around 6:30 p.m.  
By Kelley Vyhnalek

Utility crews from the City of Crete and Village of Dorchester, along with volunteers from the Dorchester Volunteer Fire Dept., were quick on the scene.  It appears all was repaired without serious incident.

No reported power losses to Dorchester, although we are certain there will be some water damage in area basements. 

No reports yet from the surrounding countryside.

Radar shows Friend and Dorchester received some of the heaviest downpours, as severe thunderstorms rocked Fillmore, Thayer, Saline and Seward counties. Egg-sized hail was reported earlier near Bruning.

Last night (Monday), storms in central Nebraska dropped 5 inches of rain near Tryon in McPherson County, and Stapleton saw 2½ inches in a 90-minute period. As the storms moved east overnight, ping pong-ball sized hail was reported near Aurora.

A tornado watch remains in effect until 9 p.m. for Saline County and most of southeastern Nebraska.  

On Wednesday, skies will clear before chances of rain return on Thursday.

Stay tuned to your weather radio for updates, and check the Times weather alerts frequently.

1 comment:

  1. Kelly Vyhnalek should consider a career in photo journalism. What a professional. That pic should rank near the top of historic images of all time.


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