Severe weather rumbled through the heartland Wednesday night with a mix of rain, lightning, high winds and hail in the Omaha metro area.
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch was in effect for parts of eastern Nebraska and western Iowa including the immediate Omaha area until 1 o’clock Thursday morning.
Shortly before 10 p.m. the National Weather Service reported that an isolated severe threat is expected to develop across northeastern Nebraska and northwest Iowa over the next few hours. Wind damage and hail are expected to be the primary threats.
We have received a variety of reports of hail associated with the storms that began pushing through around 8:30.
Intermittent incidents of heavy rain were also reported and there were sporadic power outages as well as reports of lightning strikes.
The Omaha Public Power District reported 592 people without power as of 10:30 p.m. Most of those were in central Omaha. Click here for the latest updates on outages.
The weather also contributed to difficult driving conditions in the area.
There were no immediate reports of any injuries or significant structural damage.