An extremely powerful line of storms raced through the Omaha metro around Midnight early Saturday morning, bringing winds of 70 to 90mph to much of the world. Widespread wind damage starting from broken tree branches, fallen trees, fallen power lines, broken power poles, and even building damage has been reported across much of the world. As of about 2:20 am, quite 190,000 customers remain without power across the world. keep off the roads until emergency services are ready to assess the damage and begin the clean-up process.
Power remains out across large chunks of the metro, which suggests many street lights are out and stop lights won’t be working at many intersections. If you encounter an intersection with the stoplights out, treat it as a 4-way stop. Severe storms pushing toward the metro, wind gusts of 60-75mph are possible with this line of storms within the North Bend, Schuyler, and David City areas until Midnight. A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the whole area through 5 am. A line of strong thunderstorms is moving through central Nebraska immediately and can approach the metro area between 11:30 pm and 1 am.
Strong winds gusts to around 60mph and heavy rainfall is probably going when these storms arrive. we should always see a small weakening trend as storms approach Missouri, but some scattered tree damage and a couple of power outages are going to be possible. Small hail is additionally possible, but damaging hail isn’t expected with these storms. a couple of storms rumbled by early this morning but skies cleared for the afternoon with hot and humid weather returning. Temperatures warmed into the low 90s as dew points jumped into the low 70s. This has pushed our heat index readings into the upper 90s to around 100! the warmth and humidity will last through the evening, but we’ll stay dry if you’ve got any Friday evening plans.
Thunderstorms are still expected overnight but likely won’t arrive until well after dark. Storms are forming immediately in western Nebraska, and can push across the state during the evening and early overnight. Storms should arrive within the Norfolk, Columbus, and Lincoln areas around Midnight. Storms then push toward the metro by 1 to 2 am. While it’ll likely be a loud night for several, the danger for damaging severe weather has somewhat decreased for the metro area. It appears the very best risk for damaging winds and hail will remain to our west in central and southern Nebraska.
Rainfall totals could approach 1 to 2 inches in some areas thanks to the heavy rainfall rates expected within the stronger storms. The strongest storms will fade by Saturday morning, but we’ll likely still see scattered showers and a couple of storms throughout the day. While severe weather isn’t expected, pockets of heavy rainfall are likely. While it’ll not rain all day, it’ll likely be difficult to seek out an extended period of dry time. Rain should begin to taper off Saturday night, with drier weather taking up by Sunday afternoon. We’ll still be cool for July with highs within the upper 70s. 80-degree weather will return next week, with more scattered chances for storms Tuesday into Wednesday, and again Friday into Saturday.