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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ Utility crews are working to restore power to tens of thousands of customers in the Omaha area that lost power after a thunderstorm knocked down trees and power lines.
The storm that moved across the area Monday morning generated 69 mph winds, heavy rains and hail nearly an inch wide. No injuries were reported immediately.
Initially, roughly 52,000 utility customers in Omaha and more than 6,000 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, lost power in the storm.
The Omaha Public Power District says 44,706 utility customers lacked power around midday Monday. MidAmerican Energy says 6,398 customers lacked power in Council Bluffs.
Metropolitan Community College also closed its Fort Street campus in northeast Omaha on Monday because of extensive tree damage there.