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STORM DAMAGES. Thursday, June 29, brought with it a rare severe thunderstorm to the Midwest. “A derecho (pronounced similar to “deh-REY-cho”) is a widespread, long-lived wind storm that is associated with a band of rapidly moving showers or thunderstorms. Although a derecho can produce destruction similar to the strength of tornadoes, the damage typically is directed in one direction along a relatively straight swath. As a result, the term “straight-line wind damage” sometimes is used to describe derecho damage. By definition, if the wind damage swath extends more than 240 miles (about 400 kilometers) and includes wind gusts of at least 58 mph (93 km/h) or greater along most of its length, then the event may be classified as a derecho,” says the National Weather Service. Parke County saw its far share of damages from the winds and some of its residents are still without power at the time this went to print. (Sentinel photos by Kelly Nelson)