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Storm knocks out power, floods streets in Grand Island

August 7, 2019

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — A thunderstorm that moved through central Nebraska has left thousands of people without electricity and streets flooded.

The National Weather Service says a rainfall total of 3.9 inches (9.9 centimeters) was reported Wednesday at Boelus in Howard County, and more than 2 inches (5.1 centimeters) of rain fell on parts of Grand Island, flooding and closing several underpasses for a time.

Power lines, trees and limbs are down and debris litters streets and yards in Grand Island, and the weather service says buildings were damaged in the Fairfield and Glenvil areas.

The Hall County Sheriff’s Department says a motorist died after running into a tree that had fallen across a road near Burwick. The driver’s name hasn’t been released.

The service also says a wind gust of 87 mph (140 kph) was reported at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport in Grand Island.

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