SIDNEY – A line of summer thunderstorms moved through portions of eastern Nebraska and southwest Iowa Monday bringing hurricane-strength straight line winds.
The storm caught Sarah Mcdowell of Malvern in traffic.
Mcdowell: “I was driving home on the interstate and I went to go off the Thurman exit and there were six semis laid down on their side. I couldn’t go through Thurman because it had a downed power line, so they made me turn around and go through Tabor. I came up through Tabor and there were just trees everywhere. I had to slow down and maneuver through trees.”
Firefighter Dustin Sheldon estimated that a wind gust up to 105 mph blew the roof of the post office in Sidney.
Dustin Sheldon: “Several large trees down on major thoroughfares in town, but our city crews and our fire department has been out relentlessly since it started and we’ve got all the thoroughfares open now. There’s still a lot of power lines down. They are all dead at this time.”
Scott Hankins said lightning may have had a hand in some of the downed trees and branches.
Hankins: “The rodeo grounds up there at the city park, it looks like it twisted some of those trees around there and damaged a bunch of our playground equipment up there – brand new playground equipment.”
There were over five tornadoes reported, including the first at Louisville and another near Table Rock. Radar indicated a tornado over Avoca and Dunbar. Tennis ball sized hail fell in Tecumseh and there was widespread power outages.