Lincoln gets 3-7 inches of rain; flood warning in effect

On July 2, 2024, Lincoln, Nebraska, experienced significant weather-related incidents due to a storm that dumped over 3 inches of rain overnight. The National Weather Service issued a flood warning, advising that many roads were flooded and creeks and rivers were likely to rise throughout the day. A tornado warning was also issued for the Lincoln area, but it expired at 12:15 a.m.

The storm caused numerous issues, including fallen trees, downed power lines, and flooding in various parts of the city. For instance, two cars were stranded under the North 48th Street bridge near Cornhusker Highway, and several reports of heavy flooding were reported throughout the city, including in the Haymarket, an underpass at 48th Street and Cornhusker Highway, and at an apartment near 56th and O streets.

Damage was also reported in rural areas of Lancaster County, with a horse farm near Rokeby experiencing damage to fences and a shed, and some horses escaping. Additionally, a Phillips 66 gas station at North 48th and Garland streets had its overhang toppled.

The storm caused power outages, with around 4,100 people in Lincoln losing power at 1 a.m., but by 7 a.m., fewer than 250 people remained without power. Clean-up efforts were underway across the city, with Nebraska Wesleyan University employees working to remove fallen branches from the campus.

The Weather Service warned of another round of strong thunderstorms possible Tuesday afternoon, most likely south of Interstate 80 and east of U.S. 77. These storms were expected to develop between noon and 2 p.m. Tuesday and move out of the area by Tuesday evening.

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