Update: Storm Causes Power Outages


Tornadoes, high winds and hail caused power outages across central Nebraska.

Nebraska Public Power District reported at least 3,300 customers with outages overnight Saturday. That doesn’t include rural power districts, according to an NPPD spokesman.

Sunday, power was restored to most areas, including 735 customers in Alma.

NPPD said transmission lines going from Holdrege to Orleans and Axtell to Holdrege are expected to be fixed by Monday.

Three miles of power lines on the ground near Holdrege are expected to be fixed by Thursday.

Despite Southern Power District crews working Saturday into Sunday, some remained in the dark.

SPD spokeswoman LeAnne Doose said Monday an estimated one-quarter of their customers in Franklin County are still without power though all villages have had power restored, with the exception of a few individuals in those towns.

"There were some very serious damages down in that area," said Doose.

She says additional manpower and supplies are being sent to the Franklin area to help. It is expected that most customers will have power restored by the end of the day.

Crews are seeing broken and leaning polls.

Doose said the hardest hit areas for them were Kearney, Phelps and Franklin counties.

"There are conditions where we might still have poles that are broken but haven't fallen, so it is good for the next couple of days to just be watchful if you're out traveling in the country," she said.

Doose said don't go near a power line that is down and report it immediately.