Extreme Midwest Derecho Races Eastward With Damaging 90-115 MPH Winds – 700,000 Without Power in Illinois (Videos And Pictures)

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Severe thunderstorms are producing widespread damaging winds across a part of the Midwest today as a derecho races eastward.

A derecho is a widespread wind damage event caused by severe thunderstorms, and this one got its start in eastern Nebraska Monday morning.

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The derecho shelf cloud engulfs Mike Campbell in Sioux City, Iowa. Picture: Facebook / Mike Campbell

Residents in the Midwest felt the wrath of a derecho which left widespread damage and hundreds of thousands in the dark Monday afternoon.

The severe storms marched eastward across Nebraska and Iowa, bringing wind gusts as high as 100 mph that easily downed large trees and caused some structural damage.

The complex of storms has knocked out power and caused tree damage from around Omaha, Nebraska, to central Iowa.

Winds gusted up to 112 mph in Midway, Iowa and up to 99 mph as these storms passed through Marshalltown, Iowa.

Strom damage in Des Moines:

The severe thunderstorms are expected to track eastward into northern Illinois, far southern Wisconsin, northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan through the afternoon and early evening hours.

And this was in Grinnel, Iowa:

Tree damage, power outages and some structural damage will occur along the path of these thunderstorms, particularly in the purple-shaded areas of the map below. This includes the Chicago metro area by later this afternoon.

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Derecho with extreme winds on march toward eastern US. Picture via Weather.com

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 7 p.m. CDT from eastern Iowa into southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center says this is a “particularly dangerous situation” and that wind gusts could top 80 mph in some locations.

Another severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 7 p.m. CDT for parts of eastern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.

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Current severe thunderstorms watches and warnings as powerful derecho sweeps eastward. Picture: weather.com

In Iowa alone, more than 400,000 homes and businesses were without power after the storms rolled through, according to PowerOutage.us.

Nebraska had nearly 50,000 additional customers in the dark at the height of the outages.

Illinois was hit hard by a derecho with winds of 70-115MPH, leaving behind a path of destruction.

Almost 700,000 Illinois residents are without power and 1.4 million in the region. It may be days before power is restored.

Widespread tree and line damage occurred in the state. Below are images of some of the damage.

Thoughts and prayers to all those impacted by these storms. More severe thunderstorm news on Strange Sounds and Steve Quayle. [Weather.com]

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