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Storms cause more tree damage, power outages in Lincoln
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Storms cause more tree damage, power outages in Lincoln


Severe storms slammed Lincoln for a second night in a row Thursday, causing more downed trees and numerous power outages across the city.

Lincoln Electric System reported that about 10,000 customers lost power at some point Thursday night or Friday morning. There were still more than 150 customers without power as of 3 p.m. Friday.

An LES spokeswoman said high winds and downed tree limbs were responsible for most of the outages.

What to do with downed tree limbs

Trees and large tree branches were reported down all over the city. A post on social media showed a large tree that smashed a car near 36th and F streets. There also was a report of a car hit by a tree near 44th and N streets.

The tree damage was extensive enough from storms the past two days that the city put out a news release reminding residents about how to deal with and dispose of downed trees.

Storms cause damage, power outages in Lincoln and eastern Nebraska

Storms produced around half an inch of rain, but high winds were the big problem.

The Lincoln Airport recorded a wind gust of 44 mph at about midnight, according to the National Weather Service, but there were reports of gusts of more than 60 miles per hour.

Elsewhere in the state, the Nebraska Public Power District reported more than 900 people without power in Norfolk. And power was out to the entire town of Crete for 90 minutes.

There also was damage to buildings reported at a dairy operation in Butler County, north of Surprise.

The late-night storms have come after daytime highs in the 90s. The National Weather Service said in a Tweet on Friday morning that this is the hottest-ever start to June in both Lincoln and Omaha, and the heat is forecast to continue, with highs of 90 or above expected in Lincoln through Monday.

It's about to get really hot in Lincoln

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Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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Lincoln is included in an area with an "enhanced" risk of storms that could include hail, strong winds and the possibility of tornadoes and flooding.

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