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North Platte, 3 p.m. Tuesday
Dozens of homes near North Platte went without electricity overnight as strong winds lashed a wide area, ushering in a late-season winter storm.
Dawson Public Power received 120 reports of homes with outages, spokeswoman Marsha Banzhaf said. Some went without electricity for several hours.
Wind gusts reached 60 miles an hour around 3 a.m., according to the National Weather Service in North Platte.
Electric crews worked through the night to repair the damage and get customers back online, Banzhaf said.
About 329 customer calls were received from 4 p.m. on Monday through late afternoon Tuesday, she said.
The weather service reported 0.65 inch of rain overnight in North Platte, adding to 0.20 that fell Sunday morning.
Banzhaf said the most damage seemed to be in the Maxwell area. Residents said there was also a lot of wind damage.
Most electrical repairs in Lincoln County were finished before noon Tuesday, but as of late Tuesday afternoon, crews were still working to restore power to about five customers, Banzhaf said.
The temperature dipped into the upper teens Tuesday, approaching the all-time record low for April 9, which was 14 degrees in 1982.
The wind chill fell below zero in North Platte Tuesday morning, thanks to 20-30 mph winds.
The front of the storm raced across Nebraska, damaging power poles and lines in the Kearney area, where nearly 1,700 homes and businesses were out of electricity in the early-morning hours.
As of 1 p.m. Tuesday, about 100 customers were still without service, Nebraska Public Power District spokesman Mark Becker said.
The winter storm is forecast to continue through Wednesday, with strong winds, bitter temperatures, snow and blowing snow, the weather service said.
From 2-5 inches of new snow are predicted in North Platte. Winds will blow from 20-30 miles an hour through Wednesday, keeping wind chills around zero.
Winds will diminish Thursday to around 15 mph, with a high in the upper 30s.