Storms pass through Omaha metro area; no significant damage reported

Lightning cracks above Omaha as storms move through the metro area Thursday night, leading to cancellation of Jazz on the Green.


Thunderstorms passed through the Omaha area Thursday night without causing significant damage, said Van DeWald, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Valley.

The heaviest rains fell elsewhere in Nebraska. DeWald said about a half-inch of rain had fallen in Omaha as of about 9:30 p.m.

Lightning associated with the thunderstorms caused the cancellation of Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing on Thursday night.

DeWald said rain may continue in the metropolitan area overnight, but no severe weather was likely.

The worst of the storm hit the village of Leigh about 30 miles north of Columbus, he said.

Power lines and trees were knocked down, and center pivot irrigation systems were tipped over by 60 to 70 mph winds.

About 2.75 inches of rain fell in Columbus, DeWald said, while Seward received 1.8 inches. From 1.5 to 3 inches of rain fell in other parts of the state.

Related: Chance of rain Friday; Saturday looks dry

Bring on the rain

Widespread, plentiful rains fell across much of Nebraska Thursday night into Friday morning. But once again, Omaha largely missed out. The following totals are as of 7 a.m. Friday. Additional rain could fall later Friday and intermittently into next week, according to the National Weather Service.

Selected rain totals from the National Weather Service

Albion, 2.24 inches

Alliance, 1.14 inches

Aurora, 0.93 inches

Beatrice, 1.75 inches

Blair, 0.11 inches

Broken Bow, 0.16 inches

Columbus, 1.69 inches

Falls City, 0.99 inches

Fremont, 0.57 inches

Grand Island, 0.92 inches

Hastings, 1.20 inches

Hebron, 1.62 inches

Kearney, 0.50 inches

Lexington, 2.03 inches

Lincoln, 0.75 inches

Nebraska City, 0.37 inches

Norfolk, 1.14 inches

North Platte, 1.21 inches

Offutt Air Force Base, 0.20 inches

Ogallala, 0.66 inches

Omaha, Eppley, 0.18 inches

Omaha, Millard, 0.33 inches

O'Neill, 1.13 inches

Tekamah, 0.22 inches

Valley, 0.96 inches

Wahoo, 0.95 inches

York, 0.42 inches

National Weather Service rainfall totals map

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