During a span of eight minutes around 5 p.m. local time (6 p.m. ET), the NWS recorded 1.08 inches of rain at the Omaha airport, which closed due to risk of flash flooding on the airfield. It reopened hours later.
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Across the state, trees were uprooted, the exteriors of homes pummeled, roofs blown off, windshields shattered and hoods dented.
The National Weather Service has also issued a tornado watch warning that includes 11 counties In south central Iowa. The watch was to remain in place until 1 a.m. local time (2 a.m. ET).
A derecho — a squall line of damaging winds along a path several hundred miles wide — was possible Tuesday night and through Wednesday afternoon along parts of eastern Nebraska, eastern Kansas, Iowa, Missouri and perhaps as far east as Illinois and Indiana, according to The Weather Channel.
The National Weather Service said considerable damage to mobile homes, roofs, windows, trees and vehicles could be expected.