LINCOLN, Neb. (DTN) — Around 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 10, 2020, Morey Hill and his wife, Rhonda, watched out their kitchen window what they thought would be “typical Midwest weather” from a darkened sky to the west of their home near Madrid, Iowa.
A deck on the west side of their ranch-style house faced the coming storm.
Morey Hill’s sister-in-law in Carroll, Iowa, called them with a warning: She had just experienced a derecho picking up steam in the western part of the state.
It slammed into the Hills’ place northwest of Des Moines shortly after.
“Within the first five minutes, there was enough trees on the deck you couldn’t hardly see out that window,” he told DTN a year later.
“And, like rubberneckers, my wife and I stood in the kitchen and just watched the hell get blown out of everything, trees falling and stuff flying around, and at one time, we couldn’t even see the barn, which is right across the driveway to the east.