Powerful storm leaves 1 dead, heavy crop damage in Midwest

Rodiano Bonacci
Agosto 13, 2020

Hundreds of thousands of households in Iowa and IL remained without electricity Wednesday, two days after a rare wind storm that hit the United States Midwest devastated parts of the power grid, flattened valuable cornfields and killed two people.

Todd said the city's response has been complicated by the challenge of communicating with people who have no power, which means they have limited access to internet, TV and phone service.

As of late Wednesday morning, ComEd reported that about 200,000 of its Chicago-area customers remained without power.

Cedar Rapids said that 60 patients were treated at local hospitals for storm-related injuries. Teams are working to restore power, though USA Today reports full recovery could take weeks.

Many businesses, including banks, restaurants and a major corn processing plant in Cedar Rapids, remained closed Wednesday due to power outages. Meanwhile, demand for gas to fuel generators, chainsaws and vehicles has spiked, leading to long lines at stores that sell gas.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said early estimates indicate 10 million acres have been damaged in the nation's top corn producing state. About 24 million acres of that is land typically planted primarily in corn and soybeans.

In addition, tens of millions of bushels of grain that were stored at co-ops and on farms were damaged or destroyed when bins blew away.

Iowa's three largest metropolitan areas of Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Davenport still had widespread outages as of Wednesday morning.

Two deaths have also been reported as a result of the storm including a 63-year-old bicyclist who was struck by a large falling tree and a 73-year-old woman who was found in a mobile home that was damaged by the derecho.

State Sen. Liz Mathis said she took cover in the basement of her suburban Cedar Rapids home Monday as the storm battered her neighborhood for 45 minutes. She said pictures fell off the wall, water seeped in through windows, and she anxious the glass would blow in and hurt her.

"It is just about across the entire state, very widespread and significant, significant damage has been done", she said.

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