Severe thunderstorm warning issued for southern Lancaster County

Severe thunderstorm warning issued for southern Lancaster County

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The National Weather Service on Thursday evening issued a severe thunderstorm warning for southern Lancaster County, not including Lincoln.

The warning covers northern Gage County and part of Lancaster County -- including Hickman, Firth and Adams -- until 9:15 p.m., as storms continue to track northeast from the Kansas-Nebraska border.

Wind speeds up to 50 mph and quarter-sized hail are possible with the storm.

A severe thunderstorm watch was issued earlier in the evening for southeastern Nebraska.

The watch is in effect until midnight and includes the following counties: Butler, Cass, Clay, Douglas, Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Lancaster, Nemaha, Nuckolls, Otoe, Pawnee, Polk, Richardson, Saline, Sarpy, Saunders, Seward, Thayer and York.

The weather service said thunderstorms are expected through the night, and a few storms may become severe south of Interstate-80 with hail and damaging winds the primary threat. Portions of Southeast Nebraska may also see up to 2 inches of rain, which could potentially result in flash flooding.

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