Strong Sunday storms leave heavy damage in Lincoln, large hail and strong winds reported throughout the area

Strong Sunday storms leave heavy damage in Lincoln, large hail and strong winds reported throughout the area
Photo courtesy of Bradley Ebeling.

A round of strong to severe thunderstorms rumbled through southeast Nebraska on Sunday afternoon. A tornado touched down, reportedly several times, early Sunday evening in southwest Lincoln, leaving damage behind in its wake.

Several reports and photos show damage in several areas close to Pioneers Park, including the old Dairy Sweet ice cream stand on the southwest corner of South Coddington Ave. and West Van Dorn Street.

A tornado warning was issued for the Lincoln metro around 5:40 p.m. Sunday. There were reports of downed power lines, uprooted trees and large limbs knocked down. A roof was blown off of the Jet Splash Car Wash near 10th St. and Highway 2.

Damage was also reported around the Ruskin Place apartments southwest of 14th St. and Old Cheney. Over 5,000 Lincoln residents were without power after the storm pushed through. There were multiple power outages in northern Gage County as well.

Other storm reports from Sunday include: a wind gust of 105 miles per hour near Seward, ping pong ball-sized hail reported in and around Hastings, golf ball sized hail reported near Branched Oak Lake and 2-inch diameter hail was reported near Garland.

More video from the tornado and ensuing damage can be seen here.

There were also wind gusts near 87 mph reported at the Lincoln Airport.

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