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Severe storms hit eastern Nebraska

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ Powerful thunderstorms packing winds of up to 70 mph have knocking out power to thousands of people in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa.

Tuesday morning's storms dropped heavy rain and knocked down trees and damaging houses and other buildings.  No injuries have been reported.

More than 3,600 Omaha Public Power District customers remain without power in counties adjacent to or near Douglas County and its biggest city, Omaha.  MidAmerican Energy says nearly 1,200 customers had lost power in the Council Bluffs, Iowa, area.

Around 2.75 inches of rain was reported in Scribner, 43 miles northwest of Omaha, and wind gusts of 70 mph were reported in Blair, which sits 23 miles from Omaha.  One-inch hail was reported in Fremont.

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