Thunderstorm line brings high winds, tree damage, power loss

BEATRICE – A fast moving thunderstorm line across southeast Nebraska Friday night brought wind gusts up to 80-miles per hour causing considerable tree damage and power outages in some areas.

Weather observers in Sutton, Henderson and Harvard reported significant tree damage.  Power was out in Sutton and Harvard starting in the late evening, as a thunderstorm line moving at nearly 75 miles per hour extended from northeast Kansas to north of Omaha. 

Spotters reported several large trees down in Henderson, east of Grand Island, making it difficult to move around the community.  Near Stockham, a wind gust of 80-miles-per-hour was recorded.

Northeast of Omaha, wind gusts of up to 75-miles-per-hour were recorded.

The Geneva, Bruning, Belvidere areas recorded winds of 60-to-70-miles-per-hour.

The top wind gust from the thunderstorm line was reported at around 10:30 p.m., at the Grand Island Airport…84-miles-per-hours.

Several communities across Nebraska reported thunderstorm wind damage, mainly to trees.