Thousands remain without power after severe thunderstorms early Saturday | Weather

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Parts of eastern Nebraska remain without power Saturday morning after severe thunderstorms swept through the area in the early morning hours. 

The Omaha Public Power District reported that 2,896 customers across 10 counties, including 2,034 in Douglas County, were without power as of 11 a.m. Saturday. Crews are working to restore power to all affected areas. 

At the peak of the storm around 2:30 a.m., roughly 8,650 customers lost power, according to OPPD. 

Severe thunderstorms rolled across central and northeast Nebraska and into western Iowa late Friday and early Saturday, dumping nearly 2 inches of rain on the area, likely sparking two house fires and causing widespread wind damage.

The National Weather Service received reports of winds up to 70 mph that knocked down trees and power lines. Up to quarter-size hail was reported across central Nebraska.

A tornado was spotted just after 9 p.m. south of Elyria, Nebraska, according to National Weather Service reports. A second tornado touched down near Madison, Nebraska, around 10 p.m. and a third funnel cloud was seen at 10:36 p.m. in Poole, Nebraska.

Storms cleared out of the area by Saturday morning, leaving behind dry conditions with temperatures in the upper 70s to low 80s. Sunday is expected to be dry and sunny with a high of 83.

Stay with Omaha.com for more in this developing story.

2018-06-02 14:34:40

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