One Million Without Power After Storm Rips U.S. Midwest
Added 08-11-20 01:04:02pm EST - “(Bloomberg) -- More than one million homes and businesses are without power across the U.S. Midwest after a wall of lightning, hail and deadly winds ripped through Chicago and elsewhere, tearing apart trees and homes.The line of storms,…” - Finance.yahoo.com
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(Bloomberg) -- More than one million homes and businesses are without power across the U.S. Midwest after a wall of lightning, hail and deadly winds ripped through Chicago and elsewhere, tearing apart trees and homes.The line of storms, 160 miles (260 kilometers) wide, cut a path of destruction across Iowa, Illinois and Indiana Monday. Wind gusts of 100 mph and more were clocked across Iowa, damaging corn crops and knocking down silos.
Most of the outages are in Iowa and Illinois, including about 280,000 in Chicago and its suburbs, according to Exelon Corp.’s Commonwealth Edison. They come on the heels of Tropical Storm Isaias knocking out power to more than 2 million customers on the East Coast, leaving some without power for a week.
Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. and Cargill Inc. crop-processing complexes in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, were knocked offline. Heartland Co-op in Iowa said late Monday it had serious damage at 21 locations. “Several locations are rendered inoperable and we are making contingency plans for managing the fall harvest,” the company said in a statement on its website.
Jarod Creed, owner of farm advisory JC Marketing Services LLC in Hudson, Iowa, estimated that as much as 100 million bushels of grain storage space was damaged or ruined in Iowa, and as many as 1.5 million to 2 million acres each of corn and soybeans across the state could be affected.
Kinder Morgan Inc.’s Argo, Illinois, ethanol terminal outside of Chicago, a key hub for the biofuel market, was running on generator power on Tuesday as the local utility worked to restore service.
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