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Friday, August 14, 2020

Hundreds of thousands of people remain without power in Iowa and Illinois, and some roads are still impassable, after a powerful windstorm wreaked havoc in the Midwest on Monday.



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I caught the southern edge of this storm.

I was sitting at a red light on my way home from work when the gust front started to come though. Branches were suddenly flying into the road, rain started coming down in sheets (haven't seen anything like it since I went through several hurricanes in Texas) and my wife watched (we were on the phone) as a gust of wind opened our patio umbrella and lifted it out of the stand under the table completely so that it fell over and smacked our sliding glass door. Luckily it didn't break the door.

#1 | Posted by jpw at 2020-08-14 05:31 PM | Reply

Pretty devastating storm and I didn't even hear about how bad it was until today. I mean I watched it go mostly south of us and it looked bad on the Radar but 100mph straight line winds are bad...

#2 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-08-14 06:24 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Gawd has it in for them ever since the elected that there lezbean.

#3 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2020-08-14 07:46 PM | Reply

I just this afternoon, got the tree branches that blew down, out of my back yard. This was quite a blow in Chicago..

We heard the Tornado siren and meandered down to the basement and sat down on the sofa. Almost immediately we heard the wind howl, and a big 'Thump' from the roof. We went into the rec room and slid under the pool table. Never had to do that before.

We had a sheet-ton of downed tree limbs. The 'thump was a big limb blown onto our roof from across the street. No apparent roof damage.

Quit the storm.

#4 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2020-08-14 11:24 PM | Reply

One of these derechos blew though West Virginia/Virginia about 10yrs ago. I was at a caver's convention at the Lewisburg fairgrounds in WVa. It was a camping affair, so there were probably 100 tents scattered around the fairgrounds when the derecho showed up with pretty much no warning. After spending about 5 minutes attempting retrieve our equipment from under the giant circus type of tent (the band I was in at the time was the weekend's entertainment), the wind began to destroy the giant tent and all we could do was get back in our vehicles and watch the destruction. Took about 5 minutes. Tents blowing across the fairgrounds like tumble weeds. Not a single tent was still in place. Big giant tent completely destroyed. Had to crawl under the canvas the retrieve the rest of our equipment. Ain't never seen anything like it.

#5 | Posted by Angrydad at 2020-08-15 11:42 AM | Reply

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