A lot of people were busy Friday throughout the metro cleaning up after a night of stormy weather. Strong winds and lightning strikes took their toll.
Lightning was the problem in west Omaha where officials believe lightning struck a house near 184th and Poppleton and started a fire causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage.
In Bellevue it was the wind that pushed a tree onto a house, though it did little damage. The owner plans to cut down the entire tree so this doesn't happen again.
Neighbors said 70 mph winds did it. “Wind and a lot of rain, a little bit of hail, but I didn't see it or hear it come down,” said Bob Gillespie. “That's my neighbor across the street, he didn't even know it came down. The neighbor next door told him the tree was down on his house.”
A few blocks away another tree bounced off of a big branch and crashed through a house. Those who live there said they were lucky. “It could have been worse if the one branch hadn't been there that whole right side of my parents' house would have been crushed if one of those branches hadn't been there,” said Jason Byrd.
There was more damage caused by strong winds in La Vista. “It was like 80 mph winds over here and some lighting struck over there and hit a power line and sparks went everywhere and that tree came from my grandpa’s yard from over there,” said Krystal Archer.
Over in Papillion, Jerry Noble and his son were two of many who took advantage of a dump site at 96th and Portal Road open to Papillion residents only, so they could get rid of their tree debris. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Sunday.
La Vista is offering curbside pickup for its citizens. If you missed Friday’s pickup, it will resume on Monday.