Derecho With 100 MPH Winds Flattens Crops In Central Illinois

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Late last week a powerful derecho with 100 mph straight-line winds hit Central Illinois causing damage over a span of 500 miles, flattening corn crops, tearing down trees, damaging roofs and leaving over 500,000 people without power.  Senior Meteorologist Andrew Pritchard, with Nutrien Ag Solutions said, “I’ve seen a lot of storms in the Midwest, but this type of storm, this derecho, gives you a pit in your stomach because there is nowhere you can go.  You watched this line come in and really quickly overtook Farmer City.” The derecho was just one part of severe weather which impacted millions across the Midwest last week.