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Storm leaves downed trees in North Omaha neighborhood

Posted at 12:36 PM, Aug 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-24 16:47:56-04

An overnight storm with rain, thunder and lightning sounded more like a tornado tearing through a neighborhood in North Omaha, residents say.

Wednesday morning, homeowners were out with chainsaws to cut up tree limbs near 71st Avenue and Iowa Street. “I look outside, there are trees everywhere. Trees cracked,” Antonio Allen says. “A few trees fell on a couple of cars out here.”

Wind speeds ranged between 60 to 70 miles per hour, according to storm reports. When it was over, tree limbs covered driveways, blocked streets and trapped neighbors. “It's a mess,” Mike Leehy says.

“It's going to be a little while getting this out of here. I was just lucky the trees just missed my cars.” The storm also took down power lines for most of the night, but OPPD restored service shortly before 8 a.m.

Despite what they heard last night and what residents are dealing with today, everyone says the same thing: “[There is] no property damage like other than trees,” Victor Foster says. “But that's a blessing, too.”