IOWA CITY, IA (AP) — A rare wind storm with power similar to an inland hurricane swept across the Midwest, blowing over trees, flipping vehicles, causing widespread property damage and leaving tens of thousands of homes without power.
The storm known as a derecho lasted several hours as it tore across eastern Nebraska, Iowa and parts of Wisconsin and Illinois.
A meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center says the storm had the wind speed of a major hurricane, and likely caused more widespread damage than a normal tornado.
An intense derecho moved from far southeast South Dakota into Ohio yesterday (8/10/20). This derecho traveled approximately 770 miles in 14 hours and produced widespread damaging wind gusts, including numerous wind gusts over 74 mph (65 kt) & several over 90 mph in central Iowa. pic.twitter.com/a8jJdEB59h
— NWS Storm Prediction Center (@NWSSPC) August 11, 2020
Officials in the Iowa cities of Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Marshalltown say the damage is extensive.
— Andrew Pritchard (@skydrama) August 10, 2020
— Heather Cornelius (@kayahiker) August 11, 2020