What's a Derecho? Powerful Storm That Began in South Dakota

Rodiano Bonacci
Agosto 12, 2020

Monday's storm that took down trees and power lines followed a tense night of looting and clashes in downtown Chicago following a police-involved shooting, which resulted in street closures and public transportation shutdowns.

Roger Zylstra, who has farmed in central Iowa near Kellogg since 1980, said that four of his hog barns lost their roofs, two of his machine sheds suffered significant damage and many of his corn acres were destroyed. On top of summer heat, the coronavirus pandemic and people whose medical conditions require power, the situation "becomes dire pretty quickly", he said.

The high winds continued to damage crops as the storm swept into northwestern IL but the wind had weakened somewhat by that point.

According to the National Weather Service, 136,000 Iowa residents are without power because of the storm.

The storm began as separate thunderstorms in South Dakota before strengthening over Iowa. By the time the system reached Des Moines, wind gusts were clocked at more than 100 miles per hour (161 kph) Glisan said.

Mediacom said Tuesday that it was working to restore internet service that went down in many Iowa and IL communities as a result of the storm.

In Iowa, officials reported roofs torn off of homes and buildings, vehicles blown off of roads and hit by trees, and people hurt by flying debris. Burke, Tyndall, and Scotland and Rock Rapids, Iowa reporting 1-inch hail.

A 63-year-old bicyclist died after he was struck by one of several large trees that fell Monday on a bike trail outside of Cedar Rapids near Ely, the Linn County sheriff's office said. The Iowa governor said 20 patients at a Newton nursing home were evacuated to a nearby church.

The Iowa Veterans Home also has extensive building damage and access was limited due to downed power lines.

In Iowa, three of the state's eight mobile coronavirus testing sites - in Marshalltown, Cedar Rapids, and Davenport - were temporarily closed Tuesday after suffering storm damage.

O'Connor said it took firefighters 14 minutes to remove the woman from the debris and lift her through the door of the trailer.

About 150,000 customers in Iowa and another 40,000 in the Illinois Quad Cities region were without power, MidAmerican Energy reported Tuesday.

Power and Internet outages were widespread in Iowa's three largest metropolitan areas, of Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Davenport.

Iowa's other big electric utility, Alliant Energy, reported that more than 200,000 customers in Iowa had no power as of Tuesday morning and gave no timeline for restoring service.

Mediacom spokesman Thomas Larsen said Tuesday that roughly 340,000 customers are without Internet service in Iowa, Illinois and Indiana.

Iowa DOT also says that I-680 between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City is impassible due to the storm.

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