Hail Damages Buildings, Vehicles in Bruning

BEATRICE –  Some residents of Bruning and the surrounding rural area are surveying hail damage, today.

Golf-ball to egg-sized hail hit the area at around 8 p.m., Thursday, during severe thunderstorm activity.

Brian Hulse is an insurance agent with the Bruning State Bank.  He says most of the damage was to roofs and siding in Bruning and just to the south of the community of about 280, in Thayer County.  A few vehicles also had hail damage and Hulse says a tree fell on one vehicle.

Hulse said the damage was mostly from wind-driven hail that blew in from the southwest.  He said in addition to the roof and siding damage, some homes had broken windows.   No word on any injuries from the severe storms.

Meanwhile, Saline County Extension Agent Randy Pryor says hail caused some damage to cornfields.

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Pryor said looking from the roadway, it doesn’t appear in most cases that damage was catastrophic.

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Rescue personnel were sent to an address in Clatonia early last night, where a problem with a downed power line caused an electric shock to a man.  He apparently was not seriously injured.

Southeast Communications in Beatrice indicated a rescue crew was sent to the scene at about 7:40 p.m., when a power line was reported to be down.

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During strong thunderstorms, about 30-to-35 customers lost electric power overnight in the Clatonia and Cortland areas.   Norris Public Power District General Manager Bruce Vitosh says strong winds caused some problems with trees and power lines.  Two power poles were broken off.  He said it appeared the highest winds were in an area extending from Clatonia to Firth.

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