Here in the American Midwest we are used to fierce storms. But even by our standards, the storms that ripped through Nebraska and Iowa from the Great Plains on Tuesday were remarkable.
Straight-line winds (i.e., not tornados) reached a reported 70 to 100 MPH, ripping off roofs and driving large hail through car windshields and even the siding on houses.
Our friend and frequent commenter Mike Plews, in Iowa, was out shooting with his news unit in Iowa when a call came in from his wife saying she thought he should break off whatever he was doing and come home. "In forty years on the job that has never happened before," says Mike.
"Mrs. Plews" as Mr. Plews often affectionately refers to her—Jacquie—had seen their new Weber gas grill cartwheeling end-over-end across the back deck, and took that as a sign she'd better head to the basement. Once in the basement, she found water pouring in, and called Mike.
Mike ended up doing an on-air interview from the other side of the camera—from his own home.
Mike says they were relatively lucky, because the sub-roof held in the winds and no windows failed. All his repairs will be covered by insurance.
(Thanks to Mike P.)
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John Krumm: "I still have memories of being pelted with 'near-golfball' sized hail while on a bicycle in Montana. Can't imagine what baseball sized hail would feel like. A severe stoning by your deity of choice, I suppose. Here's to quick and successful repairs."
Mike replies: English soldiers on open ground suffered an extreme hailstorm near Chartres in 1360, and hundreds of soldiers were killed (several by lightning before the hail started). The carnage was indeed seen as the will of God, and the storm led to a fragile peace that ended the first phase of the Hundred Years' War.