Highways Blocked and Travel Not Advised as Major Wind Storm Batters Midwest

Des Moines, IA – A major wind storm known as a derecho is pummeling widespread parts of the midwest and wreaking havoc on travelers.

A derecho is a widespread wind storm that is associated with a band of rapidly moving showers, thunderstorms and winds of more than 75 mph.




 

According to the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT), currently eight highways throughout the state are blocked as a derecho battered the state on Monday.

Wind gusts as high as 112 mph were reported as the storm overturned vehicles (including big rigs), ripped up trees, flattened road signs, and knocked out power to more than 500,000 homes and businesses.

According to PowerOutage.us, more than 570,000 customers in Illinois have lost power as the derecho moved through the state.

The storm has already impacted states such as Nebraska, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin and Michigan with more than 200,000 additional outages reported.




 

The National Weather Service (NWS) advises widespread damaging wind gusts will continue across southern lower Michigan, Indiana, southern Illinois, east-central Missouri, northern Kentucky, and western Ohio.

However, the derecho appears to be weakening.

“The derecho has slowed down a bit and weakened,” the NWS reports. “Winds are now in the 40 to 50 mph range.”

Travel through these areas is not advised at this time.

 


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