midwest derecho News

Report: Cost of Damage from August Midwest Windstorm Up to $7.5B

Damage estimates from a rare windstorm that slammed Iowa and some other parts of the Midwest in August are growing, with the total now at $7.5 billion, according to a new report. The Aug. 10 storm hit Iowa hard but …

Midwest Farmers Receive Record Federal Aid, Crop Insurance Payments Under Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump is assuring a bumper year for farmers as the Nov. 3 election approaches, with record government subsidies projected to make up more than a third of farm income in 2020. The aid programs could be key …

Iowa’s Derecho Crop Losses Increase by More Than 50%, Report Shows

A new report shows that crop loss estimates from a rare windstorm that slammed Iowa in August have increased by more than 50%. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Oct. 9 that the number of crop acres that Iowa …

August Windstorm Removed 550K Acres of Iowa Corn from Harvest

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has estimated that 550,000 acres of Iowa corn will not be harvested this fall due to damage caused by the Aug. 10 windstorm that swept across the state. That estimate in a report released on …

Insurers, Covid-Hit Businesses May Be at Odds Over Interruption Claims for Disasters

As insurers brace for an expensive natural-disaster season because of storms and wildfires ravaging parts of the United States, the novel coronavirus is giving them an odd financial break. Many companies that were damaged or evacuated because of natural catastrophes …

Iowa State U. Scientist/Storm Chaser: Aug. 10 Derecho an ‘Incredible Event’

On Sunday night, Aug. 9, Bill Gallus said nobody was talking about severe storms – or even rain – hitting central Iowa over the next five days. That was also true early the next morning. “The last thing in the …

Drones Help Insurance Companies Check Windstorm Damage in Iowa

Insurance adjusters who descended on Cedar Rapids, Iowa, after the Aug. 10 derecho storm are using drones to check roofs and asking homeowners with less severe damage to take their own photos. Some of this is due to the COVID-19 …

FEMA Aid OK’d for Iowa County Hardest Hit by Storm

President Donald Trump has approved Federal Emergency Management Agency funding for eastern Iowa’s Linn County, which was the county that was hardest hit by last week’s rare hurricane-strength windstorm. Gov. Kim Reynolds’ office announced the approval. The FEMA individual assistance …

Report: Iowa Will Only Get Part of $4B Disaster Relief Request, for Now

President Donald Trump said he had signed an emergency declaration for Iowa to help supply federal money to help the state recover from an unusual wind storm that struck a week ago but federal emergency management officials later confirmed he …

Trump Approves Federal Emergency Aid for Storm-Damaged Iowa

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said he approved federal disaster aid for Iowa after a hurricane-force storm hit last week, causing widespread damage in towns and farms and leaving thousands without power. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds said on Sunday …