OMAHA, Neb. — Several thousand utility customers in eastern Nebraska could remain without power until Thursday afternoon because of the extent of damage thunderstorms caused.

Omaha Public Power District officials said Wednesday that crews had restored power to more than two-thirds of the 9,700 customers who lacked power Wednesday morning.

But just over 3,000 OPPD customers still lacked power Wednesday afternoon

The Tuesday night storm generated 70 mph wind and heavy rain in Omaha that knocked down trees and power lines.

One area of northeast Omaha was especially hard hit, and one of the utility’s main lines into the neighborhoods was severely damaged.

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