Hurricane-Force Derecho Blows Across Midwest

Hurricane-Force Derecho Blows Across Midwest

Updated 9/10/20: FEMA issued a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for the Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi (Iowa) as a result of a derecho that took place on August 10, 2020.

https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4561

 

Updated 8/17/20: FEMA issued a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for areas in Iowa affected by severe storms that took place on August 10, 2020.

 

Disaster Alert
August 11, 2020

Source: The Weather Channel

Additional Resources
WGN 9 Chicago (7 Tornadoes Touched Down in Chicagoland Area During Monday’s ‘Derecho’ Storm, NWS Confirms)

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds (Governor Reynolds issues disaster proclamation for 14 additional counties)

Approximate locations (according to media outlets) sustaining structural damage:

Illinois
– Forreston (Ogle County, 61030)
– Lombard (DuPage County, 60148, 60149)
– Marengo (McHenry County, 60152)
– New Lenox (Will County, 60451)
– Rockford (Winnebago County, 61101, 61102, 61103, 61104, 61105, 61106, 61107, 61108, 61109, 61110, 61112, 61114, 61115, 61125, 61126)
– Rogers Park/Chicago (Cook County, 60626, 60660)
– Spring Grove (McHenry County, 60081)
– Wheaton (DuPage County, 60187, 60189)
– Yorkville (Kendall County, 60560)

Indiana
– Lake Station (Lake County, 46405)

Iowa
– Ames (Story County, 50010, 50011, 50012, 50013, 50014)
– Cedar Rapids (Linn County, 52401, 52402, 52403, 52404, 52405, 52406, 52407, 52408, 52409, 52410, 52411, 52497, 52498, 52499)
– Davenport (Scott County, 52801, 52802, 52803, 52804, 52805, 52806, 52807, 52808, 52809)
– Luther (Boone County, 50152)
– Marshalltown (Marshall County, 50158)
– Newton (Jasper County, 50208)
– Perry (Dallas County, 50220)
– Slater (Story County, 50244)
– Urbandale (Dallas/Polk Counties, 50131, 50322, 50323, 50391, 50395, 50398)

Wisconsin
– Lancaster County (Grant County, 53813)

NOTE: This has not yet been declared a FEMA Disaster.

With gusts up to 112 mph, an intense derecho downed trees, smashed sheds, flattened crops and damaged homes and buildings across a long stretch of the Midwest on Monday.

Power was knocked out to more than 1 million homes and businesses, according to poweroutage.us. More than 475,000 of those were in Illinois and another 400,000-plus were in Iowa.

“It’s one of the worst storms we’ve seen in terms of total number of customers impacted,” MidAmerican Energy spokesperson Tina Hoffman told the Des Moines Register.

Hoffman said all of the utility’s crews are working on repairs and it has asked for help from crews outside the area.

“There is a lot of damage, and unfortunately this is not something that can be repaired very quickly,” Hoffman said. “This is going to be a multiday restoration effort. It’s going to be a while.”

In a span of 14 hours, the derecho moved from far southeastern South Dakota into Ohio – a distance of about 770 miles, according to the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center. A derecho is a widespread wind damage event caused by severe thunderstorms.

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