Looking Back at the 2020 Derecho

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Posted: August 10, 2022 at 8:52 am

Today marks the 2 year anniversary of the costliest severe thunderstorm event in US history.  The 2020 Derecho ripped through the Midwest, causing an estimated $7.5 billion in damage.

-Length of Damage: 770 miles
-Highest Measured Wind Gust: 126 mph in Atkins, Iowa.
-25 tornadoes confirmed.
-14 million acres of crops destroyed in Iowa.
-100 million bushels worth of grain storage and processing infrastructure destroyed.
-Fatalities: 4, Injuries: 115.
-$7.5 billion in damage.
-150-foot communications tower collapsed.


Photo Credit: NWS Des Moines