While eastern Iowa was dealing with a powerful storm that produced damage across several counties, a separate storm was ripping across severe states to our east. The storm, known as a derecho, is to blame for at least 12 deaths and knocking out power to millions. Efforts to clean up the mess are underway but that could take more than a week.
Above is a small picture showing the path this derecho took over a 10 hour period. At time, this line of storms was moving at speeds of up to 80 miles per hour, producing straight-line winds up to 100mph.
If you’ve never heard of a derecho before, they happen a few times a year at most. Derecho is Spanish for “straight,” in reference to the damaging winds these storms complexes produce. This one was unique because of the size and distance that it traveled. This will go down as one of the most destructive derecho events ever recorded. Something that puts what we dealt with on Friday into a little bit of a perspective.