Natural Disasters

Meteorologist Warning: Unusual line of Storm may Affect 1 in 5 Americans

“Meteorologists are warning that one in five Americans may be affected due to a powerful thunderstorm on Wednesday. According to Meteorologists, the powerful storm will rumble from Iowa to Maryland packing hail, lightning, and tree-toppling winds. Meteorologists are warning that the continuous line of storms may even spawn an unusual weather event that is known as a Derecho. This is a massive storm of strong straight-line winds spanning at least 240 miles. Wednesday’s storms are also like to generate tornadoes and cause power outages that will be followed by oppressive hear. The risk of severe weather in Chicago, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Ohio is roughly 45 times higher than a normal June day. Detroit, Washington, Baltimore, Milwaukee, Louisville, and Pittsburgh have a risk level that is fifteen times more than normal. Last year, a derecho caused at least $1 billion in damage from Chicago to Washington, killing 13 people and leaving more than 4 million people without power, according to the weather service. Winds reached nearly 100 mph in some places and in addition to the 13 people who died from downed trees, another 34 people died from the heat wave that followed in areas without power. Derechoes, with winds of at least 58 mph, occur about once a year in the Midwest. Rarer than tornadoes but with weaker winds, Derechoes produce damage over a much wider area.”

Source: Meteorologist Warning: Unusual line of Storm may Affect 1 in 5 Americans – Severe Storm – ubAlert

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