By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

Another derecho slams NWI

Wind speeds reach 79 mph in Hartley, causing extensive damage


July 7, 2022


Neighbors gather to take in the damage after the storm had passed.

Fireworks continued in northwest Iowa the day after Independence Day.

A massive thunderstorm system slammed the tri-state area on July 5 leaving downed trees, damaged property, bent crops and power outages in its wake. In Hartley, electricity was out for approximately three hours. Several homes and vehicles also received heavy damage due to felled tree limbs, which also snapped power lines throughout town.

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Sioux Falls classified the storm as a derecho, which is at least the second to hit the area in the last six months. The storm is defined as a widespr...

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