Several fast moving thunderstorms passed through the city pounding the area with golf ball sized hail. In west Omaha the hail came so fast and furious it drifted on roadways. Many people are reporting damage to vehicles, homes, roofs and are cleaning up broken skylights and windows.
A family was sent scrambling from their home at 22nd and J Streets when lightning hit their roof and that sparked a fire. The strike broke several windows and left a big hole in the yard behind the home. The family will be able to return once everything is checked out, including the electrical wiring inside.
Omaha Public Power District crews were ready to roll during the storm. They report some short lived outages to individual homes and a few problems with transformers but there were no major power issues. They received about 150 calls about tree limbs on wires that need to be removed but no loss of power.
Boyd Dingman, owner of Dingman’s Collision Center says their phone has been ringing off the hook. He plans to bring in extra people to help with estimates and make repairs.
Insurance companies are also bringing in extra claim representatives to help with damage estimates and to take care of customer claims.