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Southeast Nebraska bore brunt of thunderstorms that led to cancellation of Husker game

September 3, 2018

Southeast Nebraska took the brunt of the thunderstorms that flowed through the state Saturday night and caused the first-ever cancellation of a Husker football game because of weather.

The most rain fell on the city of Hebron, in Thayer County, just southwest of Lincoln, according to the National Weather Service. Between 7 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Sunday, Hebron received 2.39 inches of rain, while 2.32 inches fell on Lincoln, in Lancaster County, where Memorial Stadium is located.

A flash flood warning was in effect for portions of southeast Nebraska and southwest Iowa until 10 a.m. Monday. Rain is possible every day this week.

“Unfortunately, this weather pattern is expected to continue into Wednesday and maybe later if the system stalls,” said Tony Zartman, a meteorologist at AccuWeather. “We see the storm systems stalling across the central part of the country, including central and eastern Nebraska and western Iowa.”

For the first time in recorded school history, Nebraska canceled a game because of weather as persistent thunderstorms pelted the city. The game against Akron kicked off at 7:13 p.m. but immediately went into a weather delay when lightning struck near the stadium. At 9:55 p.m., NU announced that the game would be postponed for the night, then canceled it altogether.

The western part of the state largely escaped the storms, although Chadron reported just more than a half-inch of rain overnight Saturday. In eastern Nebraska, Eppley Airfield reported 0.55 of an inch of rain, and Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue recorded 0.79 of an inch.

Wahoo saw 0.63 of an inch of rain, while Valley had 0.69, Fremont had 0.53 and Beatrice 0.42.

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