Iowa Derecho Is Focus of New Weather Channel Documentary [WATCH]
August 10, 2020 is one of those dates that will stick with everyone in the central part of Iowa for the rest of their lives. The derecho, or land hurricane, left a monstrous path across the center of the state. One that we're still cleaning up, nine months later. Now, the Weather Channel has produced an hour-long documentary showing the world what we all experienced on that fateful day.
The storm that began to cause damage in extreme eastern Nebraska, would leave its mark on seven states. Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio all had cleanup jobs on their hands when the storm finally passed through. Afterward, the National Weather Service reported about 400 reports of wind damage.
I was working at home the morning the storm hit. I remember watching the radar and seeing the line of storms quickly develop east to west, north of Cedar Rapids. That was ahead of the powerful derecho, but seemed very unusual and concerning to my untrained eye. I knew I had to get to the station. And quick. Thankfully, my trip is less than 15 minutes because though the storm didn't seem like it would ever leave, it arrived quickly.
The timeline below shows just how fast. From a particularly dangerous situation at 11:25 a.m. to the first warnings 23 minutes later, and the beginning of its impact on Cedar Rapids at 12:30 p.m.
In the Cedar Rapids area, the storm dealt an awful blow due to the incredible winds that came with it.
Even though we were all without power for days, at a minimum, I'm still amazed at the work power crews did... and not just here in Iowa.
The Weather Channel series 'Deadline to Disaster: Blown Away' chronicles what happened that day. You can see two trailers for the hour-long special below. It debuted over the weekend and will air again on the Weather Channel on Thursday, May 27 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 29 at 1 p.m. Both are air times in Iowa.
Here's hoping we never see anything like that storm again, in any of our lifetimes.