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Powerful Derecho Leaves Path of Devastation Across Midwest

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Following a derecho on August 10, 2020, a tree fell on a home in Dwight, Illinois.

IOWA CITY, Iowa  — 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 scientist 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. 

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