May 20, 2022
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Possible Derecho Hits Four States, Causes Significant Rural Damage

Story by Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor

OMAHA (DTN) — Farmers and communities in Nebraska, South Dakota, northwest Iowa and western Minnesota spent Friday morning assessing damages from a straight-line storm and tornadoes Thursday evening.

At least two people were killed by the storms.

Crop damage may have been minimal so early in the planting season, but farms saw significant damage to buildings and equipment.

Social media was filled with images of damaged buildings, crushed grain bins and twisted irrigation pivots, as well as videos of the straight-line winds and dust rapidly approaching and hitting across the region.

A cluster of rapidly strengthening thunderstorms developed in eastern Nebraska Thursday afternoon that dropped strong wind gusts to the ground as it moved quickly to the northeast through eastern South Dakota, northwest Iowa, and southwest Minnesota through Thursday evening, according to DTN Ag Meteorologist John Baranick.

Read more of this story from our partners at DTN/Progressive Farmer here: https://www.dtnpf.com/agriculture/web/ag/news/article/2022/05/13/possible-derecho-hits-four-states

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