Maxwell Bernstein | August 12, 2020
On Monday, 112 mph wind gusts swept across the Midwest, creating damage and leaving over 1 million homes and businesses without power, with 400,000-plus occurring in Iowa, according to The Weather Channel.
The wind gust, also known as a derecho, knocked out power, destroyed farms, damaged roofs, and killed a biker outside of Cedar Rapids. The derecho knocked out large chunks of the power grid, which affected 97% of Linn County, according to the Des Moines Register.
As of today, nearly 150,000 MidAmerican Energy customers and 180,000 Alliant Energy customers are without power, according to KCCI Des Moines.
KCCI provides a list of resources for Iowans who are affected by the derecho.