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Update: Winds and Hail Strike Down Again

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Multiple central Nebraska cities were hit with hail, strong winds and thunderstorms Wednesday as storms barreled through the state.  

As of 6 a.m. Thursday, Dawson Public Power District was still working to repair storm damage in the Rural Gibbon area. Around 100 homes were without power, down from 450 customers in the dark as of 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Damage includes broken poles and downed lines. 

People in the Gibbon area are asked to stay away from downed lines and poles. They are also asked to drive slowly and carefully as they pass utility crews working in the area.

Winds of 68 miles an hour damaged campers, trees and crops near Windmill State Recreational Area off I-80 at the Gibbon Exit. 

Windows were broken out, and siding was damaged on homes in Ravenna.

Meanwhile, trained spotters for the National Weather Service in Hastings saw windows knocked out and tree limbs down in Randall. Farmers in Gibbon, Ord and North Loup saw crop damage from the storms.

In the Gibbon area, the NWS reports extensive crop loss. Corn stalks eight feet tall where chopped to three feet, and stripped bare.

NTV News viewers sent in picture of hail ranging from quarter to golf-ball-sized. The worst hit area was reportedly in North Platte, which also saw golf-ball sized hail. 

Hail also fell in the Burwell area. The North Platte office of the National Weather Service reported the storms were heavy rain producers, and caused some localized flooding.

Buffalo County saw damage as well. "Three miles east of Kearney Airport, a large tree snapped at its base falling into the first and second story of a home," reported a Facebook post by the National Weather Service.

There were also grain bins and other large trees damaged a few miles east of Kearney.

At least two semi trucks were blown over in the storm as well.

That was just the first round of storms. Overnight, hail hit near Lexington, Gothenburg and Arapahoe. That area saw sustained winds of 55 miles an hour, with gusts to 70 mph.

Stay tuned to NTV News for the latest on our continued coverage of these storms’ impact on central and western Nebraska. 

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