Strong Winds, Heavy Rain Hit | Lightning Hits Church in Arapahoe

Firefighters putting out a fire in the steeple of St. Germanus Catholic Church in Arapahoe after lightning strike hit the church.
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Strong winds over 70 mph and heavy rain were reported across eastern Nebraska Sunday as thunderstorms moved across the state.

The National Weather Service says the wind gusts as strong as 71 mph were reported near Tekamah Sunday afternoon, and winds up to 60 mph were common in the Omaha area.

The Omaha Public Power District says the winds knocked out power to more than 7,600 customers in southeast Nebraska Sunday evening. Most of the outages were in the Omaha area.

A viewer submitted picture to our sister station WOWT showed wind damage at the Taste of Omaha where a carnival ride blew on top of a truck.

An earlier round of thunderstorms Sunday dumped more than 2 inches of rain on the Kearney area and dropped hail as big as 1-inch in diameter in several locations.

A 10/11 reporter in Kearney saw flooding in the area of 11th Street and A Avenue. You are advised not to drive through flooded streets.

The Arapahoe Chamber of Commerce said the St. Germanus Catholic Church was hit by lightning Sunday, but fire crews were able to put the flames out quickly and the steeple remains standing. A NWS storm report said it happened just before 11:30am.