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Dawson County cleaning up after storms bring high winds
A lightning strike lights up the sky in Dawson County last night as a severe thunderstorm moved through downing trees. - photo by Amy French Dawson County News

The threat of severe weather became more than just a threat overnight as severe thunderstorms made way through Dawson County, resulting in downed trees, significant power outages and a school delay this morning.

"We experienced high winds across the county with multiple trees down and roadways blocked," said Dawson County Emergency Services Chief Lanier Swafford.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning beginning at 8:14 p.m. Tuesday night.

Despite the severity of the storms, there were no injuries reported, according to Swafford.

"We had two homes confirmed damaged and multiple vehicles due to fallen trees," he said.

Swafford said there were also 4,000 residences documented without power, but most roadways have been reopened as of Wednesday morning.

The Sawnee EMC website said that contractors had worked through the night in an effort to restore service to 36,000 of its effected members.

As of 7 a.m., the website reported only 1,561 accounts still without power.

Dawson County Schools sent out messages at 10 p.m. last night saying that due to a high number of downed trees and power outages schools would operate on a two-hour delay today.

Check for updates.