Offutt Air Force base had extensive damage to at least six homes, as well as to the Aero Club airplane hangar, the field house gymnasium and several buildings around Offutt’s large central parade grounds, said Ryan Hansen, a spokesman for the base’s 55th Wing. The base also was dealing with downed large trees and power lines.
Most of 55th Wing’s reconnaissance aircraft were pulled into hangars before the storm, Hansen said, but he acknowledged “minor damage to some aircraft that we’re still assessing.”
The base was closed Saturday to all but essential personnel so the Omaha Public Power District could repair utility lines and other workers could clear fallen trees and limbs.
The 55th Operations Support Squadron weather station said no tornadoes were reported on base during the storm. Instead a unique weather pattern combined winds from the northwest and southeast and pushed gusts above 80 miles per hour.