Golf ball-size hail pelted Bellevue on Sunday as thunderstorms moved southeasterly through the Omaha area. There was no immediate word of any significant damage.
At Hampton Inn near the intersection of Nebraska Highway 370 and 36th Street in Bellevue, the hail made a lot of noise but didn't wreak much havoc.
Front desk associate Christina Walker said that golf-ball-sized hail lasted for two to three minutes but didn't leave any damage.
At a Village Inn down the road, a manager told The World-Herald that employees had checked their cars in the parking lot but didn't see any damage at the time.
Bellevue's hail, which ranged from a quarter-inch to golf-ball size, was the worst result of the storms that moved in about 6 p.m.
Some much needed rain fell along with the hail. However, the National Weather Service office in Valley, Neb., said it had few actual measurements reported as of 7 p.m., and Valley itself reported no rain.
Elsewhere in the Omaha area, pea-size hail and a half-inch of rain fell at 48th and Center Streets. And the storms apparently caused a power outage in the southeast part of the city.
About 2,400 homes and businesses in southeast Omaha were without electricity for nearly two hours Sunday night, a spokeswoman for the Omaha Public Power District said.
A tree fell on a large power line, taking out electricity in an area stretching from Leavenworth to Grover Streets and 11th to 26th Streets, OPPD spokeswoman Paula Lukowski said.
Power went out about 8:30 p.m. and was restored about 10:20 p.m.
Outside the metro area, storms began to move through Cass County between 7:30 and 8 p.m. Wind gusts up to 60 mph were reported with that storm.
The stormy weather was expected to die out after sunset.