Monday’s thunderstorm produced 80 mile per hour winds and one-inch hail and caused damage across much of southeast Nebraska. Van DeWold is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Valley and says the storm damaged homes, trees and power lines as it moved from Wahoo and Lincoln to Nebraska City and Auburn.
“And it looks like a pretty wide spread area. 80 to 90 mile per hour winds moving through that location.”
DeWold says they are still tallying up the destruction from the storms.
“We are sending out a survey team today to look at some of the more concentrated damage to see if there was a small tornado embedded within the larger wind damage path.”
The storms started brewing up around 3 o’clock Monday afternoon.
“What actually developed up by Wahoo was about 2 inch hail and the winds started to develop a downburst pattern from there moving into the Ashland and Greenwood areas.”
Officials in Cass County say the Big Inn Motel in Greenwood sustained major damage. No one inside the motel was hurt. The storm also caused the roof to collapse on a convenience store and overturned a semi along I-80. Syracuse and Elmwood-Murdock schools are not in session today due to power outages and storm damage. A tree fell on a car parked outside a home in Alvo and the community is still without electricity.
Storms were active yesterday in the lower half of the state. Crops were damaged in Jefferson County but no other damage was reported.