Lexington, Neb. — A powerful thunderstorm tore through Lexington on Thursday between 1:30 and 2:00 p.m., uprooting trees, damaging power poles and causing residential damage, but there have been no reports of injuries.
There are reports of broken and damaged power poles on the east-central side of Lexington.
The fast-moving storm ripped trees out of the ground, blocking streets. City of Lexington crews have been kept busy clearing damaged trees and debris. There were also a couple of reports of homes damaged by toppled trees.
The Overton Volunteer Fire Department said winds estimated at 70 mph ripped down tree branches at least six inches in diameter.
An 82 mph thunderstorm wind gust was reported southwest of Eddyville at 1:56 p.m. At approximately the same time, a center pivot irrigation system was blown over near Dry Fork and Highway 40 near Eddyville.
The National Weather Service issued warnings about the danger of the storm, especially for anyone north of Interstate 80 and east of a line from Ord to Minden.
The city of Burwell received significant damage from the storm, including the Burwell rodeo grounds.