Derecho – Horizontal Hurricane Hits IA

Derecho Hits Midwest

On August 10th, the Midwest—Iowa in particular, was hit with an incredibly strong storm called a ‘derecho’ (horizontal hurricane). The entire city of Cedar Rapids lost electricity and internet as a result. As of today, there are quite a few areas still without power and a large majority are without internet. The National Guard arrived on Sunday, the 17th to help with cleanup.  There are estimates that over 50% of the tree canopy in Iowa has been lost and 43% of the corn crop.

Did You Know?

According to Wikipedia, Derecho comes from the Spanish adjective for “straight” (or “direct”), in contrast with a tornado which is a “twisted” wind.The word was first used in the American Meteorological Journal in 1888 by Gustavus Detlef Hinrichs in a paper describing the phenomenon and based on a significant derecho event that crossed Iowa on 31 July 1877.

Clearly Compliant Storm Status

Clearly Compliant now has electricity, but no internet, and spotty cell service. We will keep our clients notified of our operational status and thank you all in advance for your patience if our response time is a little slower than usual!

On a Personal Note

Here is a picture of showing the approximately 12 foot high stacks of fabulous old growth trees lost around our home in Cedar Rapids.  The Else family was blessed – no trees hit our home and people and dogs are safe. Our prayers go out to all those who suffered serious losses due to the storm and continue to live without electricity or internet.  Our thanks go out to the many people from neighboring states who have arrived to help with clean up and restoration of basic services.  Special thanks to the many people and organizations providing free food and ice on a daily basis to all in need across our city.