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Rare storm ravages Midwest, leaves 1.1 million without power

Added 08-11-20 08:18:02am EST - “A rare storm with hurricane-like, 100 mph winds left more than a million people without power Monday as it wreaked havoc across much of the Midwest ?" battering Chicago as it recovered from a ?” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Rare storm ravages Midwest, leaves 1.1 million without power”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A rare storm with hurricane-like, 100 mph winds left more than a million people without power Monday as it wreaked havoc across much of the Midwest — battering Chicago as it recovered from a night of chaos and widespread looting.

The derecho — which has the strength of a hurricane but hovers over a far wider area — flattened homes and flipped over vehicles as it spent several hours leaving a trail of damage from eastern Nebraska across Iowa and parts of Wisconsin and Illinois.

“It ramped up pretty quick,” said Patrick Marsh, science support chief at the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center.

A derecho often causes more damage than even a tornado because it can hover in one place and its high winds can hit a far larger area, Marsh said.

What happened Monday morning was the result of unstable, very moist air that had parked for days over the northern plains – culminating  in a derecho.

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