Storms Cause Damage In Gibbon

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Updated: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:07:47 CST

Severe storms caused damage across the area Wednesday. The Southern Power District says many residents in the Hastings area and a few in Holdrege, reported power outages.

Crews are working in those affected areas. Residents in Gibbon lost power, too.

Gibbon was one of the hardest hit areas. Buffalo County Emergency Manager, Darrin Lewis, tells News 5 the fire station in Gibbon and most of the community lost power. He said numerous fire crews are out assessing the damage.

Golf-ball sized hail tore through the area, destroying crops and damaging property. Heavy rains flooded the roadways.

Wind gusts of 68 miles per hour were reported just south of Gibbon. There were reports of three semi trucks overturned in Kearney.

One semi just west of Gibbon was blown on its side blocking Hwy 30.

Parts of I-80 were shut down but have no been reopened. One Gibbon resident couldn't believe damage.

"Well I've been in storms before but the way the wind was swirling and ever thing else," said Al Mayfield. "I was listening to the scanner and the NWS they said there was actual rotation above Gibbon. They thought there was a tornado wrapped inside of the rain and hail at the time it hit. The way the trees were going around in circles I'm pretty inclined to believe it." 

The National Weather Service has not confirmed a tornado at that time. Crews will be assessing the damage Thursday.

Extensive damage was reported east of Gibbon, where eight foot corn stalks were made bare and chopped down to three to four feet.