The foul odors of a rare door rumbled hundreds of miles across the Midwest on Monday, moving vehicles, damaging property and leaving over a million powerless.
The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center (NWS) (SPC) said Tuesday morning that “derecho intensive” traveled from Southeast Dakota southeast all the way to Ohio, a 770-mile route in 14 hours.
Along the way, the inland storm produced widespread harmful wind gestures, including multiple gusts over 75 km / h – hurricane force – and some over 90 mph in central Iowa.
“There is simply destruction throughout the community,” Cedar Rapids city manager Jeff Pomeranz told the newspaper. “This is a very serious event and we are taking every action to ensure that the city returns to the maximum of our ability.”;
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According to the SPC, there have been several hundred reports of wind damage across the area and two tornadoes have been reported.
Roughs between 90 t0 100 mph were reported in parts of Iowa as the storm system moved through.
In the city of Linn, numerous camps were reported to have erupted after eruptions estimated at over 100 km / h. The vehicles caught overturned trucks across the state.
A wheat elevator collapsed in the city of Luther as the door exploded to the east.
According to KCCI-TV, Boone County, where Luther is located, and cities including Ankeny, Johnston, Marshalltown and Perry were one of several areas under a “travel advised” alert.
“Many communities have significant / structural damage. The trip is impassable in some areas. Please stay home and shelter on site so emergency workers can work to restore power, “NWS said.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, had “significant and widespread damage throughout the city,” said public safety spokesman Greg Buelow.
Cedar Rapids Police Department told KWWL-TV that about 50 people went to area hospitals with storm-related injuries. Police and fire crews also responded to several break-ins and calls related to the storm.
Tens of thousands of people in the subway area were without power after the devastating winds that blew inside.
“We have damage to homes and businesses, including siding and damaged roofs,” he said. “Trees and power lines are down across the city.”
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Cedar Rapids on Monday night issued a 10pm curfew that will continue until further notice as crews worked to clear the fallen debris.
The Iowa Department of Transportation said many roads across the state were affected by fallen trees, power lines or overturned trucks.
“Please stay determined if you do not need to travel,” the agency tweeted.
After the Iowa collision, the storm system moved through Chicago and into Indiana and Michigan, causing more damage.
In northern Illinois, the National Weather Service reported a 92 mph wind near Dixon, about 100 miles west of Chicago, and the storm left trees and power lines blocking roads in agoikago and its environs.
Images posted on Twitter showed part of a roof flying outside a building on Lake Shore Drive in agoikago.
After Chicago’s departure, the most powerful part of the storm system shifted over north-central Indiana until late in the afternoon.
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According to poweroutage.us power outage tracking site, over 1.2 million people were initially affected by the storm system.
That number had dropped to just over 1 million by Tuesday morning.
The states with the highest number of outages were Illinois, Iowa and Indiana, where many residents reported fallen trees.
MidAmerican Energy says nearly 101,000 customers in the Des Moines area were without power as the storm moved through the area
High winds across Nebraska knocked down trees and caused a trampoline to fly in the backyard of an Omaha resident.
Omaha Public Energy Circuits said Tuesday morning that outages have dropped to 4,500 from a peak of 57,000.
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According to the National Severe Storm Laboratory (NOSSA) of the Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a deer is a widespread, long-winded storm accompanied by a series of rapidly moving showers or hurricanes.
“Although a door can produce destruction similar to that of tornadoes, the damage is typically directed in one direction along a relatively straight line,” the NSSL points out. “As a result, the term ‘straight-line wind damage’ is sometimes used to describe derekos damage.”
In order for a set of hurricane storms to be defined as a door, a wind damage spear must extend for more than 240 miles and include wind gusts of at least 58 mph for most of its length.
“This is our version of a storm,” a professor of meteorology at the University of Northern Illinois told the Associated Press.
While a door does not have an eye like a storm and its winds come in a line, the damage it does is likely to spread over a large area like a storm, as opposed to the impacts localized by a tornado.
He said Monday’s Derek will come down as one of the most powerful in recent history and will be one of the country’s worst events in 2020.
Other Derecho this year affected areas from Utah to South Dakota, the Mid-Atlantic and the Nashville area.
Monday’s storms can be compared to the 2009 Super Derecho destroyer, which was one of the most powerful on record and traveled more than 1,000 miles in 24 hours, causing $ 500 million in damage, widespread power outages and killing a handful of people.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.