Rare Derecho Storm Wreaks Havok In Midlands
A rare wind storm with power similar to an inland hurricane swept across the Midwest, blowing over trees, flipping vehicles, and causing widespread property damage. The storm known as a derecho lasted several hours as it tore across eastern Nebraska, Iowa and parts of Wisconsin and Illinois. A scientist at the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center says the storm had the wind speed of a major hurricane, and likely caused more widespread damage than a normal tornado. Officials in the Iowa cities of Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Marshalltown say the damage is extensive.
Power restoration efforts are continuing in the Omaha area. As of last night, nearly 92-hundred Omaha Public Power District customers remained without power including more than 88-hundred in Douglas County. The City will open three locations for debris dropoff for residents only. 156th and F Football field, Tranquility Park 120th & Maple, and 11th and Locust. The operating hours for the dropoff points will be Tuesday-Thursday 8:00am - 6:30pm.