Omaha, NE – As Omaha prepares for this weekend's College World Series, the city is also moving forward with the event's new home.
The Omaha City Council Tuesday approved on a 6-1 vote the construction and management agreements for a new ballpark. Increases in the car rental free and hotel tax were also agreed to. City Councilman Garry Gernandt voted against the ballpark items.
Omaha, NE – The National Weather Service says not one but two tornadoes struck parts of southwest Omaha early Sunday morning.
The first tornado was the stronger one. It touched down at 2:10 AM near the area of 232nd Street and West Angus Road, one mile west of Gretna, according to the National Weather Service. That tornado traveled an 11-mile path in to Millard, where it downed trees, knocked out power, and damaged homes and businesses. The first tornado was an EF2, with winds as high as 135 miles per hour.
Omaha, NE – Relief agencies are finding their resources stretched due to the response to so many tornadoes.
The American Red Cross Heartland Chapter and Salvation Army of Omaha both have volunteers in Parkersburg, Iowa, along with Ceresco and Kearney. Now, both groups are responding to neighborhoods in Millard and southwest Omaha where an EF2 tornado struck Sunday.
Omaha, NE – The National Weather Service has no plans to re-evaluate its guidelines for issuing a tornado warning following Sunday's storms.
National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Meyer says Sunday's tornado is an instance where even they were surprised by the storm. He says the radar showed a small line of storms with a bow echo on the front end. That usually indicates strong winds, but doesn't necessarily associate it with a tornado.
Omaha, NE – The National Weather Service says another round of severe thunderstorms is headed toward the Omaha metro area Thursday night.
The Omaha metro area was hit with hail, heavy rain and strong winds Wednesday night. The tornadic thunderstorms affected southwest Iowa and areas near Lancaster County.
The NWS says Omaha is under a high risk of severe weather today, with large hail, damaging winds and strong tornadoes possible. Severe thunderstorms could also bring more heavy rain to areas already flooded.
Omaha, NE – Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson says he has serious concerns about climate change legislation currently being debated by the U.S. Senate.
The climate change legislation would require a cap on greenhouse gas emissions starting in 2012. But Senator Nelson says he's concerned about the bill's economic impact on Nebraska, and if the emission cap deadlines set forth in the legislation can even be met.