MIDWEST DERECHO 2020
UPDATED MONDAY, AUGUST 24, 2020 4:27 PM EST
Matthew 25: Ministries is responding to the recent derecho that hit the Midwest. On the evening of Monday, August 10, a destructive, fast-moving derecho swept across a 700-mile path from Nebraska to Indiana. A derecho is a widespread wind damage event caused by severe thunderstorms. Matthew 25: Ministries shipped a truckload of aid to Iowa, including products such as shampoo, conditioner, personal care items, diapers & wipes, detergent, and batteries.
This derecho had winds gusts of more than 100 MPH, and at times packed the punch of a category 3 hurricane. NOAA’s (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Storm Prediction Center says the derecho tracked about 770 miles in 14 hours. More than 700 instances of damage or severe weather were reported to the National Weather Service following the passage of the storm.
The rapidly moving derecho caught residents outside working or relaxing, unaware that the predicted thunderstorms had evolved into a potentially life-threatening storm system. At least three people in Iowa and one in Indiana were killed.