Derecho with 100 mph winds shifts throughout the Midwest, pulling down trees and electrical lines in Chicago
On Monday, a series of rough storms that smashed through downtown Chicago and in the vicinity, downing trees, and electrical lines, which caused fires in Chicago, officials told.
The storm generated winds of beyond 100 mph in a few cases as they stirred through Iowa and Illinois.
On Monday afternoon, The Chicago Fire Department tweeted that: “Numerous fires from power lines that have come down and remain energized.”
The National Weather Service in Chicago tweeted: “Much of northern Illinois has pockets of damage with downed trees, debris, and powerlines blocking roadways.”
It’s uncertain if there were any injuries.
Surpassing a million homes and enterprises in the Midwest region without power, comprising a third of all of the consumers in Iowa.
The wind was so powerful when the storm passed through Perry, Iowa, it blew parts of boards from several other buildings into the walls of a house. The boards scarcely missed people standing inside, Jennifer Pickering, who was at her brother’s home when it happened, informed CNN.
“It was crazy,” Pickering said. “There was so much pressure in the room with the window broken, we couldn’t get the door open at times to try and get the dog out. I honestly thought at times we were gonna die.”
By Monday evening, the severe weather cleared out of Chicago and was extending from Michigan and Indiana to southern Illinois and eastern Missouri, near St. Louis, Taylor Ward, CNN meteorologist stated thus adding, “The threat will continue to push east, and the storms will slowly ease as we head later into the evening and overnight period.”
There were beyond 300 severe wind reports — of gusts exceeding 58 mph — by Monday evening, which began in eastern Nebraska on Monday morning and then moved on to Indiana by the evening, as per the Storm Prediction Center, Ward stated.
The storms are sections of what the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center termed as “particularly dangerous situation.”
Brandon Miller, CNN meteorologist stated: “PDS severe thunderstorm watches are rare, and reserved for only the strongest thunderstorm events.”