Severe weather batters parts of Nebraska early Thursday

NORFOLK, Neb. -- Severe weather blasted into northeast Nebraska Thursday morning.

A tornado warning went into effect for Stanton, Cuming, Colfax, Dodge and Madison Counties in the early morning hours, expiring at 1:45 a.m. CT., though no tornadoes were reported to have touched the ground.

Severe thunderstorm warnings were also in effect for much of the region, with hail and damaging winds hitting Madison, Burt, Wayne, Cuming, Colfax, Platte, Dodge, Thurston, Butler, Saunders and Stanton Counties.

Weather spotters reported an 85 mph wind gust in Neligh, while an 84 mph gust was reported in Albion.

NPPD says 1,271 Norfolk residents lost power in the middle of the night, but by 3:30 a.m., power was restored. Some individual reports from Norfolk residents indicated the outage lasted longer, however.

Damage and power outages were also found in the Omaha area. Wind gusts of more than 60 mph downed power lines and trees. Thousands of homes and businesses in the Omaha lost power.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

The Dodge County, Nebraska, Sheriff’s Office reported that an electrical supply line fell across all four lanes of traffic on Highway 30.

The storms continued deep into Thursday morning, with thunderstorm watches posted until 5:00 a.m.

A photo of storm damage from the Norfolk Country Club
A photo of damage from Newman Grove