Thousands Still Without Power, Debris Drop-Off Sites Listed

(WOWT) According to the The Omaha Public Power District website, there are still over 6,000 customers without power Monday morning.  That's down from a peak of 76,000 - the fourth worst storm outage in 40 years.

Click here to track the status of outages and repairs.

OPPD says crews will continue with circuit restoration work throughout the day to bring more customers back online.

In the aftermath of air and group damage assessments, OPPD expected to have an estimate 86 percent of outages restored by the end of the day Monday but some of the work will take longer. Outages caused by the distribution system, such as damages to poles and wires, are expected to be substantially restored by the end of the day Wednesday.

Most of the remaining power outages are in Sarpy County. There were more than 12,000 as of Sunday afternoon which dwindled down to 8,000 by Sunday evening.

According to OPPD's online information, Friday's storm was the fourth largest they've ever dealt with in terms of outages, ranking behind only these:

  • June 27, 1980 Windstorm: 156,000 outages
  • Oct. 24 - 25, 1997 Snowstorm: 150,000 outages
  • Oct. 31, 1991 Ice Storm: 80,000 outages

The National Weather Service has confirmed that two tornadoes touched down in Bellevue Friday night.

EF-1 Tornado: In Bellevue, near Willow Lake golf course. A tornado developed just west of Offutt Air Force Base and moved east southeast across the air force base property, dissipating before reaching the Missouri River. Winds peaked at 110 mph and moved 3 miles before ending near Champions Village.

EF-2 Tornado: In Bellevue, near Two Springs Elementary School, then crossed the Missouri River and then dissipated before reaching Glenwood, IA. The EF-2 damage was noted in Hyda Hills neighborhood, with lesser damage elsewhere along the path.

The estimated peak winds in that EF-2 reached 135 miles-per-hour over a 9.3 mile trek.

Bellevue officials say a number of intersections remain without power. Police remind motorists to treat those intersections as four-way-stops.

The City's Tree Dump on Cedar Island Road and Rose Lane will remain open indefinitely for residents and street crews to dispose of trees. The tree dump will be manned from 8 a.m. to at least 3 p.m. for the next few days for Bellevue residents needing help with the disposal.

Additional information on metro debris disposal sites can be found here.


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