As of late Friday thousands in parts of Douglas and Washington Counties were without power following widespread damage by at least one powerful tornado that leveled neighborhoods in both Elkhorn and Blair. 

Omaha Fire Chief Kathy Bossman telling reporters, "Numerous families ae going to be devastated by the destruction of their property."

Late Friday afternoon Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said he knew of two minor injuries and credited early warnings from both county emergency officials and the news media. Schmaderer said he was also aware of damage to some private planes near Eppley Airfield.


Immediately following the Elkhorn touchdown gas leaks sprung up reportedly forcing the evacuation of some residents.

According to Schmaderer, the twister touched down near 215th and West Maple Road continuing north to Fort Street.

Paul Johnson, Director of Douglas County's Emergency Management Agency, says with tornado clean-up efforts already underway, homeowners should contact their insurance companies immediately regarding property damage.

The county's Pheasant Point Landfill, 13505 N 216th St. in Bennington, will be open Saturday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m: Green debris limbs must be cut into pieces 4 feet or smaller; home appliances and hazardous materials are not accepted.

Residents who have suffered damage to their homes are encouraged to call 2-1-1 or go online at to make a report.