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Incoming Derecho moments before it hits a small town in the Midwest. August 10th, 2020. (Photo: Shutterstock) An incoming derecho moments before it hits a small town in the Midwest on August 10, 2020. (Photo: Shutterstock)

On August 10, a severe storm rolled across Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana that generated winds up to 130 miles per hour. Several people were injured, two died, and more than 1 million homes and businesses were without power in different states. Winds of 130 mph also occur in EF2 tornadoes and Category 3 hurricanes.

Neither tornado nor hurricane, the storm that caused this is a derecho. It traveled more than 700 miles in fourteen hours, downing fifty-foot trees in some areas. Northern Indiana and Illinois are known as a corridor of enhanced derecho activity.

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