Mother Nature was not about to forget it was Mother’s Day in Nebraska on Sunday.
Eastern parts of the state were hit by severe thunderstorms and possible tornadoes. The town of Sutton in south central Nebraska was targeted by a tornado that damaged buildings in their downtown area. Inspectors are checking buildings there to determine if they are safe. The community remains without power and it may not be restored for several days.
The storm traveled north east and there is also damage reported in western Douglas County. The wind reached 70 to 80 miles per hour in some locations snapping trees – some of them landing on vehicles. At the height of the storm Omaha Public Power District reports 26,000 customers were without power. All crews were called in to help restore service and progress continues. Street flooding was another issue as the storm dumped upwards of five inches of rainfall.
While those in the eastern part of the state battled thunderstorms and tornadoes those in the Panhandle had their own weather issues – snow. Parts of Sioux County report up to a foot of snow. Officials closed I-80 westbound in the western part of the state due to poor driving conditions.