Storms have been kicking up in the region, are likely to continue into the evening and could be damaging. 

Areas under a severe thunderstorm watch include the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area and Lincoln. Pea-sized hail had already fallen in several Omaha neighborhoods by late afternoon.

The greatest threats from these storms are large hail and strong winds, according to the National Weather Service. It's possible that an isolated tornado or two could develop.

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Conditions are such that hail stones as large as 2.5 inches in diameter are possible, the weather service said. (Anything over 1 inch is considered damaging.)

Winds could reach 70 mph.

Pockets of heavy rain are likely where thunderstorms occur.

The peak period for storms is 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

The area at highest risk is southeast Nebraska, southwest Iowa and portions of neighboring Kansas and Missouri. 

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Nancy Gaarder helps cover public safety and weather events as an editor on The World-Herald's breaking news desk. Follow her on Twitter @gaarder. Phone: 402-444-1102.

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