High-Wind Damage From Thursday Night Storm

High-Wind Damage From Thursday Night Storm May 11, 2018

Overturned pivots near Bridgeport
As storms rolled across Nebraska Thursday night into Friday morning, fields and farms in Morrill County were among those suffering property damage. With wind gusts up to 60 mph, according to the National Weather Service, numerous center pivots were overturned.
High wind property damage to a farmstead

Western Nebraska Storm Damage May 10

Wind-damaged metal sign
This way to high winds. A metal road sign was bent, but not loosened by high winds Thursday night.

A spring storm with high winds, hail, and a possible tornado caused considerable damage to center pivots, buildings and trees east of Bridgeport in Morrill County Thursday evening. The damage started south of Bridgeport near the Court House and Jail Rock golf course and continued to Broadwater. The majority of the damage was along the south side of the North Platte River along state Highway 92. Numerous center pivots were flipped over, power poles were snapped off, and trees were uprooted. One machine shed was destroyed and scattered for half a mile. Area power districts were replacing poles and downed power lines.

The National Weather Service office in Cheyenne, Wyoming, was surveying the damage Friday afternoon, including reports of possible tornado damage 20 miles southwest of Bridgeport. Wind gusts of 60 mph were reported 7 miles southwest of Bridgeport at 6 p.m. MT and damaging wind gusts were reported in other areas of Morrill County as well, NWS reported.

Nebraska map of wind gusts
Maximum wind gusts at Nebraska State Climate Office weather stations. Reported via the Nebraska Mesonet.
Protect Your Soil. For information on reducing the potential for soil erosion from high winds, see Practices to Reduce Wind Erosion.
Power pole snapped over by high winds
Line crews fixing power lines Friday morning
Electrical line crews were out Friday assessing and repairing damage
Tree down by high-wind storm
Trees were uprooted in several areas.