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Derecho ‘bull’s-eye’ flattens Iowa cornfields

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 13, 2020 - 6:59am
DES MOINES — Iowa farmers face multiple harvest challenges in dealing with cornfields flattened by hurricane-force winds, though soybean fields appear to have weathered Monday’s...
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First it was the ‘land hurricane,’ then their house was on fire, and the neighbors’ homes, too

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 13, 2020 - 6:54am
CEDAR RAPIDS — Thirty-three-year-old Jennah Bramow and her family have survived floods and house fires but never did she expect to see a “land hurricane” and a fire in the same...
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Solon cleaning up, assessing next steps after storm rips through town

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 13, 2020 - 6:21am
Some branches were piled up on the curbs in Solon neighborhoods on Wednesday as most of the residents had cleaned up their yards. Farther outside town, damage from Monday’s storm was evident...
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Storm evokes trauma of 2008 floods in Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 13, 2020 - 6:14am
CEDAR RAPIDS — As he surveyed damage around Pierson’s Flower Shop and Greenhouse in the northwest Time Check neighborhood, Al Pierson said devastation from Monday’s derecho evokes...
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Cedar Rapids clinics: What’s open, closed, following the derecho

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 12, 2020 - 5:22pm
Even as the Cedar Rapids hospitals saw power restored to their main campuses earlier this week, many associated clinics remain closed Thursday as a result of power outages. As of Wednesday, the...
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Cedar Rapids hospitals resume normal operations while area clinics remain without power

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 12, 2020 - 5:19pm
Hospitals in the Corridor were beginning to resume normal operations on Wednesday after this week’s storm, but the widespread damage likely will keep area clinics from resuming services in the...
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Solon schools may delay school start if power is not restored by Friday

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 12, 2020 - 4:59pm
Corridor schools, picking up the pieces after Monday’s storm and dealing with no electricity, internet and phone service, are considering delaying the first day of school as they deal with...
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What is a derecho? Iowa storm packed 100+ mph winds

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 12, 2020 - 4:56pm
A derecho is a long-lived straight-line windstorm that is part of a line of powerful thunderstorms. Derechos can produce winds that are equivalent or exceed hurricane force winds. The complex often...
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Prosecutor adds murder charge for Cedar Rapids man who assaulted his mother during robbery

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 12, 2020 - 4:47pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A 49-year-old Cedar Rapids man who assaulted his mother during a robbery is now charged for her death after she died last month from her injuries. George Deason was charged...
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New Cedar Rapids restaurant Foxhole “Charlie” Bar & Grill honors veterans

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 12, 2020 - 3:14pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — When Max Betenbender, a Vietnam veteran and business owner from Coggon, died in September, his friend Chuck Elias was determined to find a way to honor him. Betenbender served...
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The derecho’s calling card, a tangle of trees

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 12, 2020 - 2:41pm
We take the trees for granted. Sure, in the spring when they leaf out or bloom we take some notice. And in the fall when they paint the landscape we enjoy the show. But this time of year they tend to...
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Doomsday preppers don’t seem so crazy now, do they?

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 12, 2020 - 2:39pm
The power is out, so you can’t turn on the TV or radio, or even open the refrigerator. All your rechargeable devices are dead, but it hardly matters because your cellphone doesn’t have...
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Photos: Cleanup from Iowa storm continues Wednesday

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 12, 2020 - 1:49pm
Two days after a massive windstorm left widespread damage, people continued cleaning up in Cedar Rapids, Johnson County and in rural areas.
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Utilities in Eastern Iowa ask customers to stay away from downed power lines

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 12, 2020 - 1:48pm
Utility companies are urging Eastern Iowans to stay away from downed power lines to avoid risking serious injury. “It’s really important that people stay away from a power line and you...
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Test Iowa sites reopen Wednesday after sustaining storm damage

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 12, 2020 - 1:22pm
Test Iowa sites in Central and Eastern Iowa damaged during Monday’s storm reopened Wednesday afternoon, state officials announced. The sites in Cedar Rapids, Davenport and Marshalltown...
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Employees unable to work from work suddenly can’t work from home, either

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 12, 2020 - 12:31pm
In case months of working from home with spotty child care and standard technology woes wasn’t wearing enough on employees, employers and general workforce productivity, the derecho that...
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Iowa long-term care facilities see repeat coronavirus outbreaks

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 12, 2020 - 12:18pm
A couple of Iowa long-term care facilities are experiencing second outbreaks of COVID-19. The Iowa Veterans Home in Marshall County reappeared on the state’s long-term care facility outbreak...
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Iowa’s justice reform task force urged to collect more data from law enforcement

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 12, 2020 - 11:16am
CEDAR RAPIDS — A state task force on criminal justice reform was encouraged to collect more data from law enforcement interactions with the public as a step toward increasing transparency and...
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Eastern Iowa Airport mostly operational after derecho storm

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 12, 2020 - 11:14am
Eastern Iowa Airport has commercial and private flight traffic and a functioning terminal despite losing power and experiencing storm damage in Monday’s derecho storm. No one at the airport...
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Nearly 120,000 still without power in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City areas, though some restored

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 12, 2020 - 9:48am
Updated at 1 p.m. Around 119,272 of Linn and Johnson County residents were still without power at midday on Wednesday. The lights are back on in downtown Cedar Rapids according to a Wednesday news...
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