Dust Storm, Hurricane-Force Winds Tear Path Across U.S. Upper Midwest

"CHICAGO - Hurricane-force winds tore across the U.S. upper Midwest Thursday evening, sending walls of dust across cities and rural towns, causing widespread property damage and killing at least two people.

Straight-line winds up to 105 miles per hour (169 kph) reached from Kansas to Wisconsin, pushing waves of farmland topsoil across the horizon and plunging communities into darkness, according to meteorologists and soil experts.

The wall of dust evoked images of the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, said farmers, with winds dropping storage buildings onto tractors and flipping cars on highways.

One person was killed by a fallen tree in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, according to the National Weather Service. A second person was reportedly killed in Minnesota, when a grain bin fell onto a car, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune."

Christopher Walljasper and P.J. Huffstutter report for Reuters May 14, 2022.


"Watch Dust Storm Turn South Dakota Sky Completely Dark" (CNN)

"Wall Of Dust Swallows Sioux Falls, City Goes Dark" (USA TODAY)

Source: Reuters, 05/16/2022