How to Prepare for a REALLY BIG SUMMER STORM (like a Derecho) - obviously follow the Red Cross's emergency preparedness tips, too. But sometimes these other tips can help ease the power outage frustrations, too.
Large swaths of the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic dug out Saturday hours after a killer derecho storm barreled through, a recovery made more complicated, and dangerous, by record breaking heat. -worst non-hurricane power outage-
No Ordinary, Garden-Variety Thunderstorm. SPC has a good explanation of derechos, and the meteorological conditions that usually set off these wild storms. Sort of like a half-baked, horse-shoe shaped mini-land-hurricane. File Photo credit: Brittney Misialek, former WGN-TV intern ~ StarTribune.com