Storms cause significant damage in Nebraska, Iowa

Blair residents survey hail damage in the pouring rain following a severe thunderstorm in Blair, Neb., Tuesday, June 3, 2014. Severe weather packing large hail and heavy rain rolled into Nebraska and Iowa on Tuesday as potentially dangerous storms targeted a swath of the Midwest, including states where voters were casting ballots in primary elections. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
Blair residents survey hail damage in the pouring rain following a severe thunderstorm in Blair, Neb., Tuesday, June 3, 2014. Severe weather packing large hail and heavy rain rolled into Nebraska and Iowa on Tuesday as potentially dangerous storms targeted a swath of the Midwest, including states where voters were casting ballots in primary elections. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Residents of eastern Nebraska and western Iowa are beginning to clean up damage caused by Tuesday’s baseball-sized hail and winds as strong as 91 mph.

The storms caused extensive damage in Blair, Fort Calhoun, Uehling and Craig, Nebraska, and in the western Iowa town of Missouri Valley.

Officials estimate that the courthouse alone in Blair sustained more than $1.2 million damage because the rain continued for hours after hail shattered windows and skylights.

Emergency Manager Bill Pook says the Washington County sheriff’s office also sustained $600,000 to $700,000 damage to its vehicles and offices.

Pook says hundreds of cars and hundreds of homes were damaged in Blair. And that doesn’t count the more than 4,000 damaged vehicles on Woodhouse car dealership lots in Blair and Missouri Valley.

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