Storms dump more than 3 inches of rain on Southeastern Nebraska; several Cornhusker State Games events canceled

Storms dump more than 3 inches of rain on Southeastern Nebraska; several Cornhusker State Games events canceled

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Following nine consecutive days of temperatures in the 90s and little to no precipitation, thunderstorms cooled off Southeastern Nebraska and dumped several inches of rain on the region Sunday.

As of Sunday afternoon, more than 3 1/4 inches of rain had fallen at the Lincoln Airport since 3 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. Prior to Sunday, just 3/4 inches of rain had been recorded at the airport in the month of July.

Flood advisories were issued for several communities to the west of Lincoln, including York, Fillmore, Thayer, Hamilton, Merrick and Polk counties. The weather service said minor flooding was expected in those counties near small creeks and drainage areas.

Several Cornhusker State Games events that were scheduled for Sunday were canceled. Baseball, golf, soccer, skydiving and slow pitch softball were all called off, while archery was moved inside. Horseshoe pitching was rescheduled for July 28 and high power rifle shooting was rescheduled for Aug. 3.

The A-5 Senior Legion baseball tournament games at Sherman Field were also postponed because of field conditions. Play will resume Monday.

Sunday's rainfall totals in Lincoln easily surpassed the previous record precipitation for July 21, which was 1.70 inches in 1943, according to the weather service. The record for single-day precipitation in July is 5.42 inches, set on July 25, 1990.

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