Did you not hear about the Category 3 hurricane in Iowa? You're not alone.

There is a lot going on in the world right now—a pandemic, an election, back to school (or not), and tons of celebrity news. So, it really is no surprise that no one really noticed that there was an actual inland hurricane last week in Iowa that killed four people and caused mass destruction. That's just not big news when social media stars and reality television personalities are wearing bikinis, hooking up with each other, and getting haircuts, I guess.

Last week, on August 10, 2020, a rare and incredibly destructive inland hurricane devasted areas of the Midwest, leaving hundreds of thousands of people without power as it ravaged through Iowa and surrounding states. Weirdly enough, the story was largely left uncovered by big media outlets, making it a huge journalism fail.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, took one of the biggest hits from the derecho, which is a line of intense and powerful thunderstorms that move very quickly and form a line, turning into a landlocked hurricane. The storm packed a punch equal to a category 3 hurricane, and although thunderstorms had been on the radar that day, there was little to no warning the storm was about to get as bad as it did. This one had winds up to 110 miles per hour and lasted several hours.

Three people in Iowa and one person in Indiana were killed by the storm, which experts say stretched over 1,000 miles, from South Dakota to Ohio. One woman was hit by a tree as she sat on her porch; another person was killed by a flying tree while on a bike. The damage to crops and grain storage silos was insurmountable; it is estimated that tens of millions of bushels of grain storage was lost.  

Over 1,000 homes in Cedar Rapids alone are no longer habitable, like this one:

Hospitals in several states had a rush of patients, with injuries suffered; in fact, one Cedar Rapids hospital reported over 250 patients in the ER in 24 hours. People are still without power a week later, their homes and possessions destroyed. The Iowa governor says the destruction in her state is so bad, it is indescribable, and she's declaring emergencies for several counties.

By all accounts, the storm was a major event that left our fellow citizens homeless, jobless, injured, hungry, without clothing, their lives simply wrecked and in dire need of help. Yet, the help has been excruciatingly slow in coming, and the media coverage (other than local) has been minimal at best. 

Here's what other people on Twitter have been reporting:


How does something like this happen in America and not get major coverage? It seems like any other time this would have dominated the news cycle, however, it seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle. This is a failure of both our country and the field of journalism.

Those affected by the storm are hurting and need help. Federal aid has been promised, and state and local authorities are working to get people safe and start repairing the damage. There are several campaigns on GoFundMe, The Red Cross is taking donations, United Way is helping and raising money and donations, and the Corridor Community Action Network is posting information and ways to help in specific communities on Facebook daily. The Iowa Derecho Storm Resource Page on Facebook also has tons of information on how to get help and who needs it.

As the nation battles COVID-19, something like this is the last thing we expect or need, and this is the time to step up and help if you can. If you know of any other ways to help, please share them in the comments. Our hearts go out to those affected by this terrible storm.