The National Weather Service confirmed two tornadoes in the Bellevue area. An EF 1 tornado with estimated peak winds of up to 110 mph developed just west of Offutt Air Force Base and moved east-southeast across the base property. The second tornado, an EF 2 with winds of up to 135 mph, likely developed in the Two Springs subdivision in Bellevue, moving east-southeast affecting Pipers Glen, then Hyda Hills and Normandy Hills.
Nearly eight-thousand Omaha Public Power District customers remain without service after two tornados hit Bellevue last Friday. At one point there were 75,000 customers without service. OPPD spokesperson Paula Lukowski says this is one of the worst storms they’ve ever experienced. She says, “A typical summer storm damages power poles and lines that feed power from sub-stations to customers. This storm did a lot of damage to their high voltage structures that carry power to sub-stations.”
OPPD currently has more than 430 crews out today working to get the power back on including 157 mutual aid crews they pulled in from neighboring communities. They hope to have the majority of customers back online by the end of Tuesday.
Bellevue Mayor Rita Sanders says many people need to be credited after they jumped into action after the storms, including OPPD. Sanders says, “They are working day and night and that is a priority to get that online. All those that called to make sure they could lend a hand from the governor, Tim Burke from OPPD, Offutt Air Force Base. the hospitals, all working together for our citizens and what is best.”
Sanders says only one family was in need of a shelter after the storm as others now homeless stayed with friends and relatives. A number of families lost their homes completely while others lost roofs, fencing, vehicles and more than one trampoline went airborne during the storm. Sanders says it is a miracle that no one was hurt.