Damaging storm prompts talk of Dunbar tornado


NEBRASKA CITY - Severe thunderstorms resulted in flood warnings for portions of River Country early Sunday morning and an investigation into a possible tornado near Dunbar.

While 1.6” of rain was reported at Plattsmouth, over two inches were recorded at Millard and Omaha airports. Rain was heaviest at David City, where 5.1 inches was reported.

The Weeping Water Creek at Union surged from 3 feet to 11.6 feet early Sunday. It had fallen to 5.4 feet Sunday evening.

The Nebraska City Airport reported wind gusts at 29 mph around midnight and 26 mph at 2:55 a.m.

100 percent humidity was reported over eight hours from 1:15 to 9:35 a.m. Sunday.

Keith Valenzuela, pastor of Bethel Church at Nebraska City, said  there was grain bin damage and standing corn in a field was pushed over.

There was also tree and power line damage at Jim Frerichs’ place.

Valenzuela and Frerichs reported hearing a loud, train-like noise. Otoe County emergency management made a damage assessment.

Otoe County Emergency Management Director Gregg Goebel said there was also damage to an outbuilding in Lorton and pole damage along Highway 75. 

He said Otoe County information is in the hands of the weather service, which is expected to make a determination on the cause of the damage.

Photo credit:  Patty Buchholz sent photo from Omaha neighborhood

Photo credit:  Patty Buchholz sent photo from Omaha neighborhood