Derecho Causes Tornados, Wind Storms Across Upper Midwest

Four states affected by high winds and tornados on Veteran's Day

Merven McIntyre

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A Veteran’s Day derecho caused wind storms and tornados that resulted in 105 reports of wind damage across the upper midwest. A derecho is a widespread, long-lived, straight-line wind storm associated with a fast-moving group of severe thunderstorms. States affected include Illinois, Missouri, and Iowa.

Meteorologists estimate that 15 tornados formed in this outbreak. 10 tornados were confirmed by the National Weather Service in Iowa, including an EF2 tornado and a pair of EF1 tornados. A tornado near Avoca, Iowa overturned semi trucks and destroyed buildings. A tornado moving through LeClaire, Iowa removed the roof from one home and damaged several others.