Nebraska residents coping with storm damage

6 News connected with residents across Nebraska that were affected by the strong winds and tornadoes in some spots brought by Wednesday's storm.
Published: Dec. 15, 2021 at 7:15 PM CST
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - A storm with winds surpassing 90 mph churned out six tornados in the area Wednesday, causing damage throughout the Omaha-metro area and beyond.

6 On Your Side was able to check out the damage in communities to the west, one Yutan resident emerged from his basement Wednesday to find significant damage to his home.

“The tree — the limbs came out of the tree and hit the house and that was it,” said Rich Hancock.

Yutan firefighters had to rescue his roof from a large tree.

“The fire department plugged most of the holes for me with plastic for tonight,” said Hancock.

As night fell, darkness took over west of Yutan with Highway 92 closed for several downed power lines. In Mead, most of the town was without power.

“Just go up to my sisters and hopefully the power comes on soon otherwise we’ll just stay there tonight,” said Jacob Glenn.

But Glenn’s kids have a night to remember.

“Our lights went out inside and there’s a tornado coming,” his son said.

The 6 First Alert team was actively reporting Wednesday’s damage in Omaha, Council Bluffs, and further east into Iowa.

6 News' Meteorologist Mallory Schnell reported storm damage near 61st and Decatur after powerful winds ripped through the Omaha-metro on Wednesday.

In Iowa, about a mile of power lines were pulled down just outside of Council Bluffs.

6 News' Ashleigh Richardson was live in Council Bluffs reporting on the damage suffered from a powerful wind storm Wednesday evening.

Heavy storm damage was also reported near Beaver Lake, south of Plattsmouth.

6 News' Marlo Lundak spoke to Beaver Lake residents who report heavy damages and smashed cars after a powerful storm pushed through the area on Wednesday.

Areas near Neola, Iowa, sustained a lot of damage in Wednesday’s storm. 6 First Alert Weather Team reported a tornado landed near Neola around 4:32 p.m. Hundreds of residents in the area remain without power.

6 News' Brian Mastre reported a power outage affecting the city of Neola, IA, after a tornado passed through the area Wednesday evening.

An Iowa State Trooper reported a couple of semitrailers were blown over on Interstate 29, south of Bartlett, IA, Wednesday evening. He also said multiple semitrailers were blown over in Cass County along I-80.

Around 7 p.m., there were about 17,000 without power in the Omaha-metro area — most in Douglas, Sarpy, and Cass counties — and about 18,000 without power in Council Bluffs.

6 News' Lauren Taylor reports thousands of customers in Nebraska and Iowa are without power after a dangerous storm on Wednesday.

Residents in Columbus, NE, also reported heavy storm damage. Some homes in the area had their roof completely torn off due to the high winds.

Several residents in Columbus have reported severe storm damage to homes after a powerful storm ripped through the area Wednesday.

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