Gray Sky Events: Tornadoes in Iowa and Nebraska

Our Gray Sky Team has been closely monitoring the severe storms and tornado activity across the United States over the past few days. On Friday, there were numerous tornado touchdowns. Fortunately, most of the damage was in rural areas.

However, by Saturday morning, we identified three populated areas in Iowa and Nebraska that suffered significant property damage and require disaster imagery for our insurance members and partners.

These areas include:

  • Elkhorn, Nebraska Area
  • Blair, Nebraska Area
  • Omaha, Nebraska – Council Bluffs, Iowa Area

Aircraft Activated: April 27, 2024

On Saturday morning, we dispatched a pilot and aircraft from Texas. Taking advantage of clear weather between two large storm systems, the crew successfully collected high-resolution imagery at all three target locations. This imagery was processed overnight, and the first set of 10-centimeter ortho images was published early Sunday morning to the GIC platform.

Below are some samples from these collections:

Change Detection: Before & After Images

The GIC library features timestamped imagery collections taken before the recent tornado damage. Our members and partners can use these images to compare the current damage of specific properties to their conditions prior to the tornado events.