The wicked winds of a rare Derecho roared hundreds of miles through the Midwest on Monday, flipping the car, damaging property and leaving more than a million without electricity.
The National Weather Service (NWS) Storm Prediction Center (SPC) said Tuesday morning that the “intense Derecho” traveled from southeastern South Dakota all the way to Ohio, a 770 mile road in 14 hours.
Along the way, the storm inland produced widespread damaging gusts of wind, including gusts of gusts above 75 mph – and some winds more than 90 miles per hour in central Iowa.
“There is only destruction in the whole community,” Cedar Rapids City Director Jeff Pomeranz told The Gazette. “This is a very serious event and we are taking every action to ensure that the city is restored to the best of our ability.”;
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According to SPC, there have been hundreds of reports of wind damage across the region and two reports of tornadoes.
Estimated winds of 90 t0 100 mph have been reported in parts of Iowa as the storm system passed.
In the town of Linn, many campers are reported to have blown away after gusts of wind estimated at more than 100 miles per hour. Drivers caught overturned trucks across the state.
A grain elevator collapsed in the town of Luther when the derecho exploded eastward.
According to KCCI-TV, Boone County, where Luther is located, and cities including Ankeny, Johnston, Marshalltown and Perry are among the areas on the “do not travel” warning.
“Many communities have suffered significant losses in trees / structures. Tourism is insurmountable in some areas. Please stay home and shelter in place so emergency personnel can work to restore power, ”said the NWS.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, had “significant and widespread damage across the city,” public safety spokesman Greg Buelow said.
The Cedar Rapids Police Station told KWWL-TV that about 50 people had been to hospitals in the area with the storm injuries. Police and fire crews have also responded to several fractures and storm related calls.
Tens of thousands of people in the metro area lost their power after heavy winds blew.
“We have damage to homes and businesses, including damaged roofs and roofs,” he said. “Trees and power lines were down in the entire city.”
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Cedar Rapids on Monday night issued a 10pm curfew which will continue until further notice as teams work to clear the falling debris.
The Iowa Department of Transportation said many roads across the state had been affected by fallen trees, power lines or overturned trucks.
“Stay still if you don’t need to travel,” the agency tweeted.
After the Iowa landings, the storm system moved through Chicago and into Indiana and Michigan, causing more damage.
In Northern Illinois, the National Weather Service reported a 92-mph wind near Dixon, about 100 miles west of Chicago, and hurricane fruit was shot down and power lines that blocked roads in Chicago and the vicinity.
Footage posted to Twitter shows part of the roof flying off a building on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago.
After leaving Chicago, the strongest portion of the hurricane system moved late in the afternoon to northern central Indiana.
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According to powerout monitoring website poweroutage.us, more than 1.2 million people were initially affected by the storm system.
That number dropped to just over 1 million on Tuesday morning.
The states with the most power outages are Illinois, Iowa, and Indiana, where many residents report trees have fallen.
MidAmerican Energy said nearly 101,000 customers in the Des Moines area lost power after the storm moved through the area.
Nebraska winds spilled trees and sent trampoline into an Omaha resident’s backyard.
The Omaha Public Power Districts said Tuesday morning that power outages fell to 4,500 from a peak of 57,000.
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According to the National Severe Storm Laboratory of the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA) (NSSL), a derecho is a long-lasting, widespread windstorm that involves a range of showers or thunderstorms. move fast.
“Although a derecho can produce the same destruction as a tornado, the damage is usually directed in one direction along a relatively straight cyclone,” states the NSSL. “Hence, the term ‘blow damage’ is sometimes used to describe damage caused by echo.”
In order for a thunderstorm cluster to be defined as a Derecho, a swath wind damage must extend more than 240 miles and cover winds of at least 58 mph along most of its length.
“This is our version of a storm,” professor of meteorology Victor Gensini of Northern Illinois University told The Associated Press.
Although the derecho does not have the same eye as the storm and its winds pass, the damage it inflicts is likely to spread over a large area like a hurricane, as opposed to local impacts from a tornado.
He said Monday’s derecho would drop as one of the strongest rains in recent history and one of the nation’s worst weather events in 2020.
Other explosions this year affected areas from Utah to South Dakota, the Middle Atlantic and the Nashville area.
Monday’s storms can be compared to the devastating super Derecho 2009, which is one of the strongest in history and traveled more than 1,000 miles within 24 hours, causing $ 500 million in power failure. large-scale, and killed a few people.
Associated Press contributed to this report.