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What is a derecho?

Posted at 12:32 PM, Aug 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-11 13:32:39-04

TULSA, Okla. — A powerful derecho moved across the upper Midwest from Iowa to Indiana on Monday afternoon with wind gusts as high as 100 mph.

The storm left damage behind and knocked out power to more than half a million customers.

READ MORE: Derecho hits midwest

So what is a derecho? 2 Works for You meteorologist Clint Boone explains a derecho is a line of storms with straight line wind damage that travel over 240 miles with winds greater than 58 mph. This weather event has happened in Green Country in the past.

Monday night's derecho went over 700 miles Monday afternoon. A 112 mph wind gust was reported in Midway, Iowa.

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