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Aug 15, 2020 - 9:48:12 AM
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9139 posts since 7/1/2006

That other topic about being all upset over news that didn't make its way immediately into the mainstream ... kind of got me thinking, there are other important stories that ARE being covered by the media, that have been completely overlooked here an BHO.

A few days ago winds in excess of 100mph pretty much devastated (<-- a big word, it means "torn to pieces" to dumb it down for BHO consumption <--another big word, means to "get a clue") small towns in Iowa. Cedar Rapids was hit pretty hard.

Yet, no mention of it on BHO. I'm not outraged, though, we have plenty o' big topics on our plates already. Such as being kind to each other while we slam each in oh so clever ways LOL.

But for those interested, here is a start:

Iowans struggle to find help, strength after powerful storm devastates homes, farms

I hope those folks are doing okay. What they're going through is a bit rough.

Edited by - banjoy on 08/15/2020 09:49:44

Aug 15, 2020 - 10:07:42 AM



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Wow,,,never heard about this,,,14 hours of hurricane winds. They just recovered from major flooding a few years ago. I used to deliver and pick up around Waterloo, IA a lot.

Aug 15, 2020 - 1:09:58 PM

2220 posts since 5/2/2012

I live in south central iowa and the actual windstorm lasted maybe 15-20 minutes here. I estimated it at about 50 mph hour. Took some branches down, and that was about it. A few years a similar wind event lasted less time than that, with winds about 80 mph. Dented my garage door and did significant damage to the roof of the neighbor's shed across the road.

My daughter lives in Cedar Rapids. They got hit pretty hard there. They lost part of a tree (just missing their house), a piece of siding off the house and part of their fence. They haven't had power since then and may not get it back until the middle of next week. They were luckier than their neighbors, who had trees down and more house damage. And the damage was worse in other parts of the city. My guess is the winds there were at least 80 mph. I kept track of the storm as it moved east across Iowa and was able to give her advance warning, but the winds were much stronger when it got there. They got down into the basement just before the storm hit their part of the city. The biggest difference between this event and tornados (that are all too frequent in Iowa) is the width of the storm trail (and resulting wide-spread destruction). CR had a huge flood several years ago, which impacted the lower elevations of the city, but this storm was city-wide.

Aug 15, 2020 - 2:07:58 PM

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i just saw that last night on the news,,, it looked like a cat 4 hurricane went through there,, est 10 million acres totally wiped out by that storm,, thats massive

here is a picture from space showing the of the amount and area of damage


Edited by - 1935tb-11 on 08/15/2020 14:08:35

Aug 15, 2020 - 4:39:49 PM
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Aug 15, 2020 - 4:55:01 PM

55376 posts since 12/14/2005

My own dear mother's own dear father was born in Iowa, Aug 11, 1867.

Her mother was born nearby, a few years later.

But I am unaware of any relatives in the area.
Still, it costs me nothing to wish a speedy recovery to all those affected by the storm.

As to "neglecting" ANY topic:
We are not a major news media corporation.
We're a bunch of wildly divergent people, with a common appreciation for things about banjo.
Someone brings up ANY "Off Topic" topic, some of us will respond.

Aug 16, 2020 - 9:21:39 AM



888 posts since 12/23/2007

Thanks for sharing - - My family lived in the Waterloo/Ceder Falls metro area for years.... We all remember how beautiful it was to drive for an hour or more and never see anything but corn fields ready for harvest..... I cannot imagine how these people are going to survive without their only cash crop....

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