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FIRST ALARM: Summary of Monday night’s storms

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FIRST ALARM: Summary of Monday night's storms

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – Storms from Monday night through early Tuesday morning may have woken you up with frequent lightning (thunder), heavy rains, and strong winds. Fortunately, compared to the most recent storm systems this summer, not much storm damage has been reported.

On Monday evening around 10 p.m. storms began to explode near the northern edge of the WOWT viewing area. Those first storms in Wayne, Pierce, and Stanton Counties dropped hailstones the size of golf balls! In Stanton, an emergency manager reported broken windows in a farmhouse from golf ball-sized hail.

Severe weather reports from Monday night and early Tuesday morning(WOWT)

As the night progressed and the storms continued to merge as they slowly subsided to the southeast, high winds became the main threat.

Gusts of 50 to 70 miles per hour have been reported to the National Weather Service – some by storm observers / emergency managers and others by weather station equipment. On the Omaha Metro, Valley stormed up to 58 mph overnight, while Eppley Airfield stormed up to 85 mph at around 1:45 a.m.

Overnight wind gusts of 50 to 70 miles per hour were reportedOvernight wind gusts of 50 to 70 miles per hour were reported(WOWT)

In addition to the isolated, heavily warned storms, we also followed widespread showers and storms with heavy rainfall. As the storms continued overnight, local flood warnings were issued to account for the rainfall that had fallen. Fortunately, there were no flood warnings for our area, as the precipitation was spread over several hours.

The amount of precipitation is Monday night to Tuesday morningThe amount of precipitation is Monday night to Tuesday morning(WOWT)

It may have been a sleepless night for some, but most of us got away unharmed. August is the second wettest month for us on average, and this system helped Omaha recapture rainfall totals for that time of year. Now let’s enjoy the pleasant weather behind it!

The most significant storm damage I have seen from this system occurred in Murray, Nebraska (Cass County). The road leading to the Main Street Bridge, which connects the city to Highway 75, is closed. Heavy rains washed away the street. The bridge is under construction and should be replaced. Diversion routes are N-66 and US-34.

⚠️ Traffic warning! Heavy rains caused significant damage on the N-1 east of Murray. Viaduct is intact. Road is closed to all traffic. All craftsmen are already on site for repairs. Detour routes are N-66 & US-34. Current information can be found at https://t.co/dMWDoxmD2N. pic.twitter.com/Rzoxf6oRe2

– Nebraska DOT (@NebraskaDOT) August 31, 2021

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