OMAHA -- Lincoln escapes the brunt of the severe weather that rolled through eastern Nebraska late Monday morning. Severe storms packed a punch rolling through the Omaha metro area, causing damage to trees and power lines over much of Omaha proper on over to Council Bluffs in western Iowa. Thunderstorm winds of 69 mph were reported in Omaha, but in the western suburbs of Millard, Elkhorn and Boys Town, gusts were estimated between 50 and 60 mph. Most of the storm damage is in portions of southwest and south-central Omaha. Officials with Omaha Public Power District say at the height of the storm, more than 50,000 customers in Douglas County were without power, but that number has since gone down as crews worked to restore service. Major intersections in affected areas of Omaha were being treated as four-way stops. No reports of any injuries.
Storms knock down tree limbs onto a van in Omaha late Monday morning (Courtesy of Andrew Piersol).