Thunderstorms developed across portions of south central Nebraska early Wednesday afternoon and the storms expanded to the north and west during the evening hours. A swath of heavy rainfall fell in southern Hamilton County, northern Adams and Clay Counties, southern York County and portions of northern and eastern Fillmore County. The heaviest rainfall occurred in southern Hamilton County in the Stockham area where several reports of 5 to 7 inches of rainfall were received. Runoff from the heavy rainfall has caused areas of lowland flooding, and flooding in area rivers and streams. The majority of the rainfall fell in the Big Blue Basin and the West Fork of the Big Blue River was reported out of its banks in Northern Fillmore County.
A flood warning remains in effect through Sunday morning for southern York and north central Fillmore counties.
The following image is the Hastings National Weather Service radar precipitation estimates from Wednesday, July 9, 2008. The 'red' area in southeast Hamilton County estimates rainfall amounts of 5 to 7 inches. 'Yellow' areas indicate precipitation estimates of 2.5 to 4 inches. 'Green' areas suggest precipitation estimates of 1 to 2.5 inches.
The storms also produced large and damaging winds. The following map indicates the location of the hail and wind reports.
H = Hail W = Wind
A preliminary listing of the storm reports of hail, wind and heavy rainfall can be found here.
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