Clean Up Underway Following Storm in Nebraska Panhandle


SIDNEY, Neb. (AP) -- Residents of Sidney are cleaning up after a thunderstorm caused widespread damage to the city in the Nebraska Panhandle.

The National Weather Service says nearly 2 inches of rain fell in Sidney Monday evening and winds gusted up to 78 mph during the intense storm.

City Manager Gary Person says the storm knocked out power to much of Sidney, uprooted trees and damaged homes and businesses.

A semitrailer truck overturned on Interstate 80 and a train was blown off the tracks west of Sidney.

Person says the power outage forced the school district to keep the elementary school closed Tuesday, but the middle and high schools were open.

Most of Sidney regained power by about noon Tuesday.

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