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    PHOTOS: Nebraska Storms Carve Path of Damage

    By By Michael Kuhne, AccuWeather.Com Staff Writer
    June 06, 2014, 1:17:37 AM EDT

    A major outbreak of severe storms blasted portions of the Plains Tuesday, leaving a trail of damage.

    Throughout Tuesday evening, an intense cluster of thunderstorms pushed across Nebraska with wind gusts 80 to 100 mph in some areas and had enough force to overturn a semi-truck. The National Weather Service reported that Omaha received 5.3 inches of rain on Tuesday, setting a new daily record for the city.

    Baseball-sized hail, high wind gusts and flooding downpours swept across Omaha, Nebraska, forcing the evacuation of several homes, according to Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert. This occurrence of severe weather is known as a derecho. Due to ferocious wind and torrential rain, derechos can also be referred to as inland hurricanes.


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    Strong winds, hail and heavy rain moved through the Omaha, Nebraska area on Tuesday, June 3, 2014. (Vine Video/OPD Helicopter)


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