Omaha Public Radio News
Wed June 11, 2008
Southwest Omaha damage a result of two tornadoes
By Katie Knapp
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.
The second tornado touched down two minutes later near 204th and streets. It traveled nine miles in to southwest Omaha. The second storm was weaker, with wind speeds between 86 and 110 miles per hour. Damage was done mostly to trees and shingles.
The tornadoes merged near 132nd Street and Westwood Lane. It then continued east northeast until lifting in the area of 114th and Shirley Streets.
Three people were injured as a result of Sunday's storms.