Power still being restored in Omaha as new storms threaten

July 13, 2021 GMT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Utility crews in and around Omaha were still working to restore power to thousands of customers on Tuesday, four days after severe storms ravaged the state and left a record number of people in Omaha without electricity.

Omaha Public Power District said it expected to have some 27,000 customers still without power up and running by midnight Tuesday, even as meteorologists warned of possible severe weather moving back into the region late Tuesday night into Wednesday.

The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook for all of Nebraska starting Tuesday afternoon and into Wednesday, warning that storms could bring more strong winds and large hail.

About 188,000 OPPD customers lost power after storms Friday night and early Saturday brought hurricane-force winds to the region, with some gusts reaching 100 mph (161 kph). That marked the utility’s largest outage of any storm since June 2008, when 156,000 customers lost electricity.