Severe thunderstorms come through Tri-cities
The severe thunderstorm that moved through central Nebraska last night brought down trees, limbs and powerlines. Wind gusts topping 80 miles per hour and lots of lightning kept police, fire departments and utility crews busy. There were numerous streets in Hastings blocked by downed limbs, some big enough to damage vehicles parked on the streets. Hastings Utilities and Southern Power District crews also responded to multiple downed powerlines and power transformers that been hit by lightning. The National Weather Service Office in Hastings says this is fifth time since the beginning of June that winds stronger than 70 mph have hit the Hastings area. The City of Hastings announces their response to Sunday night's wind storm. City crews from the Parks and Street Departments have be working to pick up storm damage from the public terrace. Citizens are asked to not pile limbs in the streets or on sidewalks. Crews will be making only one pass through the community. The City Landfill will allow the citizens of Hastings to bring their storm damaged limbs and trees to the landfill at no charge through Saturday, August 23rd.