'Like a horror film': Footage shows city smashed by 'horrendous' winds

Josh Dutton
·News Reporter
·2-min read

A terrifying video from inside a storm which caused millions of dollars worth of damage has left people aghast.

The US state of Iowa was lashed by a severe storm last Tuesday.

Governor Kim Reynolds said she’s seeking US$4 billion to fix damage after winds of up to 160km/h hit eastern Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin and parts of Illinois in the widespread storm classified as a "derecho" by the National Weather Service.

A derecho is a type of wind storm.

In this aerial image from a drone, damaged grain bins are shown at the Heartland Co-Op grain elevator in Luther, Iowa.
Damaged grain bins in Luther, Iowa, after the derecho. Source: Getty Images

It impacted 5.6 million hectares of land in Iowa alone destroying a number of buildings and decimating crops.

Video shot by Jay Hook from Marshalltown, Iowa, shows the ferocious power of the derecho.

Rain is seen thrashing sideways, and such is the sheer power of the wind what’s believed to be a gas canister is seen rolling down the street.

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People on YouTube said the video “looks like the opening scene of a horror movie”.

“I was in my garage when it hit. I thought I was a goner for a minute,” one viewer wrote.

On Reddit, a viewer described the conditions as “horrendous” and another as “the worst storm” they had experienced in their lifetime.

Tim Kipping, who served as a Marine in Desert Storm, told KCRG an apartment building in his neighbourhood looks like it “was hit with artillery shells”.

A group of people survey the damage to Buccaneer Arena from the building's lobby after a strong thunderstorm with high winds blew through the Des Moines metro in Urbandale, Iowa.
People inspect damage at a building in Urbandale. Source: AAP

Parts of Iowa still remain without power.

US President Donald Trump on Monday said he had approved an emergency declaration for Iowa.

"It really did a lot of damage," he said.

Mr Trump visited Iowa on Tuesday.

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