Storms kill 2, disrupt Olympic hopefuls
Swimmer Phelps and teammates herded into hallway in Omaha
The Associated Press, June. 27, 2008
Officials at the
Water poured into the building, down arena steps and onto the deck of the competition pool during the storm. The storm's winds may have reached 100 mph in some areas, said meteorologist Bryon Miller.
An eight-day meet to decide the
Tree falls on car
Damage reports in the region included toppled trees and power lines and hail the size of baseballs. Flash flood watches were issued across
Berndt said no serious injuries were immediately reported in
Hundreds of people had gathered for a outdoor concert in
The outdoor concert and fireworks at Memorial Park was canceled.
A spokesman for the Omaha Public Power District said more than a third of its customers were without power. The district serves 330,000 customers. There were widespread power failures in
'Really ominous,' says Olympian
Phelps and his Club Wolverine teammates were walking from their hotel to the arena for afternoon practice when tornado sirens sounded, said two-time Olympian Erik Vendt, Phelps' roommate during the meet.
"Really ominous, that's for sure," Vendt said.
Phelps' mother, Debbie, was moved to the bottom floor of a nearby hotel where many of the swimmers are staying, he said.
After the storm passed, the
Traffic lights out in
The arena's closure had Jack Bauerle, coach of the
"Everyone can adjust," he said. "It's no big deal, but at least it's our job to tell them it's no big deal. It's just a change in plans."
Melanie Walters said it took her 45 minutes to make her 2 1/2-mile trip home from work because of branches on the road and nonworking traffic signals.
"People are idiots at four-way stops," she complained.
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