BEATRICE – A line of thunderstorms extending from central Kansas through Nebraska, Iowa and into Minnesota brought strong winds, some large hail and tree damage last night.
Storm warnings were posted for several southeast and south-central Nebraska Counties, where thunderstorm wind gusts ranged as high as 60 to 75 miles-per-hour.
Tennis ball to baseball sized hail was reported in Webster County, at Red Cloud. Small tree limbs were brought down near Beaver Crossing in Seward…and in Republic, Kansas, among other locations.
Weather spotters reported storms brought down two power lines in Hebron, Nebraska…in Thayer County. Large tree limbs were reported downed in Bruning, also in Thayer County.
A weather spotter reported a 74-mile-per-hour wind gust at Firth, in Lancaster County. So far, no major damage reports have been given.
Beatrice Firefighters were sent to a South 5th Street location last night, when a transformer blew.
Firefighter Jeff Hays says the likely cause was a tree branch falling on the equipment or a lightning strike, from last night’s severe thunderstorms.
Hays says when the transformer blew, it touched off a fire in a tree, in the four-hundred block of South 5th. He says the fire was out, though, by the time firefighters arrived on scene.
Following the storms last night, part of the downtown area’s traffic lights were out.