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Unbelievable Pictures of the Midwest's Derecho Storm

Jul 1 2014 - 9:16am

A dangerous type of storm called a derecho hit the Great Lakes area on Monday, with lightning striking Chicago's Willis Tower as heavy clouds hung overhead. So what, exactly, is a derecho? It's a large group of thunderstorms with winds that can grow as strong as 50 to 100 mph, capable of affecting areas several miles wide and more than a hundred miles long. Most common in the Spring and Summer, a derecho reaches a much larger region than a tornado, and it typically leaves far more damage in its wake. Following Monday's storm, several injuries were reported along with two deaths [1], and flood warnings have been issued throughout areas of Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, and Iowa. Take a look at some of the most shocking Instagram snaps of the storm below.

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