Strong storms weakened after push through Lincoln

September 2, 2018

Strong thunderstorms that produced hail, heavy rain and winds gusts near 80 mph — and also canceled the Huskers opening football game — lost much of their steam by the time they hit the Omaha area, the National Weather Service said.

Saturday evening’s storms crossed into southeast Nebraska from Kansas, lighting up the sky with lightning and whipping wind gusts as high as 83 mph near Fairbury, Nebraska, weather service meteorologist Brett Albright said.

There were no reports of injuries with the storms, but they did cause scattered power outages.

As much as 1.5 to 3.5 inches of rain fell east of Lincoln. Omaha area totals Saturday night were generally a few hundredths of an inch, Albright said.

More rain is likely, the weather service said, with at least a possibility every day through Saturday.

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