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Overnight storm damages neighborhoods, city golf course

Posted at 6:56 PM, May 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-28 19:56:31-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Tuesday morning's storm brought wind and hail, damaging neighborhoods like Harrison Park near 192nd and Harrison Streets. Signs of how strong this storm was include torn window screens and leaves plastering homes and fences. Neighbors had a scary wake up call that morning.

"I thought it almost felt like we were in a tornado," Nate Harris said.

Strong winds and heavy hail is what woke up Harris, his wife, and their baby early Tuesday morning.

"It felt like it was on top of us," Harris said. "It was so loud, when I was trying to talk to my wife, she couldn't hear me."

That afternoon, they were looking at a damaged roof, torn window screens and a broken window that was letting water into one of their bedrooms. They're trying to asses all the damage while another round of rain is on their mind.

In another part of Omaha, the lackluster golf season is what's on Tom Baker's mind. He runs the Johnny Goodman Golf Course off 96th and Harrison, which has had a hard time this season.

"I know it's really hurt our revenue as far as having golfing weather," Baker said.

Now he'll have to close the course until further notice, maybe until Wednesday. He's brought in city crews to clean up about a dozen downed trees and debris covering cart paths and tee boxes. City workers used heavy machinery like grapple trucks to haul everything away.

"This is only my second season at Johnny Goodman and this is the most significant damage we've had in that time," Baker said.

Back at the Harrison Park neighborhood, Tom Abe came home from work after the storm had passed this morning. The wind and hail tore his window screens and broke the shutters.

"The good thing is that the main part of the house is okay," Abe said. "All this stuff can be replaced with insurance."

Some neighbors said they didn't get any notification warning about severe weather. The National Weather Service advises everyone to have multiple sources of information like TVs and cell phones with mobile weather apps.