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Iowa storm devastates farms as nearly half of state’s row crop acres damaged

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 12, 2020 - 8:44am
Throughout Eastern Iowa, the full extent of the damaged caused by this week’s storm still remained largely unknown by Tuesday afternoon but it’s clear farmers will bear a devastating...
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School districts assess damage after storms slam Eastern Iowa

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 12, 2020 - 8:21am
While Eastern Iowa school districts assess damage done to school property, some districts including the Cedar Rapids Community School District and Linn-Mar are postponing preservice days for teachers...
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We’ve felt this gut punch before

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 12, 2020 - 7:26am
We’ve felt this awful sinking feeling in the pit of our stomachs before, when the power of nature turns the world as we know it upside down. It came again Monday afternoon as a violent...
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Shelters, charging stations in works in Cedar Rapids, Marion as power outages continue

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 12, 2020 - 7:26am
City, school and county facilities in the Cedar Rapids metro area are dealing with damages from Monday’s storm. The ImOn Ice Arena, 1100 Rockford Road SW, was hit hard, said Cedar Rapids City...
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Neighbors face daunting cleanup in Cedar Rapids area after devastating derecho

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 12, 2020 - 7:21am
There is no calm after the storm. Or power. Or reliable internet. Or much gas. But after a storm Monday that mimicked an inland hurricane with howling winds reaching 100 mph walloped Eastern Iowa,...
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Iowa storm updates: Latest on power outages, cleanup in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City areas, Aug. 12

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 12, 2020 - 6:44am
Here are the latest updates on storm cleanup, power outages and more in the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City areas for Wednesday, Aug. 12. Gazette staff will continue to update this article as information...
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Person shot in SW Cedar Rapids before curfew on Tuesday

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 12, 2020 - 6:40am
CEDAR RAPIDS — A person was shot in the foot on Tuesday evening in southwest Cedar Rapids, according to police. Just after 8 p.m., police responded to a report of a shooting in the 4800 block...
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Many grocery stores close in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, but some still selling nonperishables

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 11, 2020 - 5:24pm
You’ve heard of stress eating, right? Power outages that kept many Cedar Rapids grocery stores closed Tuesday made it really hard to binge – unless your freezer was full of ice cream...
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Gov. Reynolds declares disaster in 20 Iowa counties after derecho

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 11, 2020 - 5:10pm
JOHNSTON — Iowa sustained “significant” infrastructure, financial and crop damage as hurricane-like storms devastated much of the state Monday, prompting Gov. Kim Reynolds to...
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Derecho complicates already complex college, university operations in Iowa

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 11, 2020 - 3:39pm
Many colleges and universities across Iowa were in the middle of navigating a complex web of fall-return plans amid unprecedented pandemic conditions when Monday’s intense derecho blew through...
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Benton County officials scramble to assess damage against challenges of downed grid, pandemic

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 11, 2020 - 2:53pm
Cleanup across Benton County was well underway by early Tuesday morning as residents began the tremendous effort of clearing off roadways and yards of debris from this week’s storm. The derecho...
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Storm shreds through Iowa City, leaving thousands without power, likely for days

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 11, 2020 - 2:40pm
IOWA CITY – Plan for the worst and hope for the best. That’s the message Tuesday from Johnson County Emergency Management Director Dave Wilson. Wilson said it could be three to four days...
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Solon bicylcist killed by falling tree during Monday's storm

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 11, 2020 - 2:30pm
A Solon man was killed by falling trees Monday as strong storms ripped through Eastern Iowa. According to a release from the Linn County Sheriff's Office, at 2 p.m. Monday Ely Fire and Area...
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Joe Biden selects Sen. Kamala Harris as running mate for vice president

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 11, 2020 - 2:28pm
WILMINGTON, Del. — Joe Biden named California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate on Tuesday, making history by selecting the first Black woman to compete on a major party's presidential...
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Photos: Cedar Rapids picks up after Monday's storm

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 11, 2020 - 1:46pm
Cedar Rapids was not spared by Monday's powerful derecho.
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Big Ten cancels fall football season amid COVID-19 concerns

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 11, 2020 - 1:14pm
The Big Ten won't play football this fall because of concerns about COVID-19, becoming the first of college sports' power conferences to yield to the pandemic. The move announced Tuesday comes six...
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Here's what to do with tree debris in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City areas after the storm

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 11, 2020 - 1:10pm
The storm that swept across Iowa on Monday afternoon with high-force winds blew down thousands of trees, leaving Eastern Iowa residents and Corridor city crews to clean up the debris in the...
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Iowa coronavirus hospitalizations rise, likely because of storms, state says

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 11, 2020 - 12:19pm
Hospitalizations for COVID-19 jumped by 20 Tuesday – the largest 24-hour increase since June 18 – with the state saying the rise was due to the storm that swept much of Iowa on...
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This is the summer of the never-ending scream

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 11, 2020 - 11:41am
I am sitting in a hotel with two children and a dog. We’ve been driven from our home in Cedar Rapids because of the apocalyptic storm that blew through Iowa on Monday, left us with part of a...
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Watch: Gov. Kim Reynolds news conference at 11 a.m., expected to provide storm updates

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 11, 2020 - 9:07am
Gov. Kim Reynolds will speak at 11 a.m. Tuesday as part of her twice-weekly news conferences. You can watch the live stream in the video above.  The governor is expected to share updates about the...
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