OMAHA, Neb. – The Omaha Public Power District says they have restored power to over 50,000 customers since the Friday night storm, but it will likely take several more days for power to completely return.
As of 8 a.m. Sunday, OPPD says over 21,000 customers are still without power, most of them residing in Sarpy County, but 1500 customers in Cass County are also still without power.
OPPD says that a combination of heavy winds from two tornadoes in Sarpy County, plus from severe thunderstorms in Cass County and elsewhere, resulted in power poles breaking throughout those two counties.
They say circuit lockouts will likely be repaired Monday, but some people may not get power back until Wednesday.
High-voltage transmission towers, which deliver power from the power plants to substations, were also damaged in the storm.
OPPD says in terms of outages, Friday night was the fourth worst storm of the last 40 years.