O’FALLON, Mo.- A series of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes that have swept through the northern and central United States over the past week have been rated “uncharacteristically” by the National Weather Service, the first since Dec.

Several tornadoes and thunderstorms that hit the Great Plains and upper Midwest on December 15 were the result of a rare occurrence called the Derecho, the National Weather Service’s storm forecasting center said.

Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota were taking the brunt of the damage.

Five fatalities were attributed to the weather.

Such a flow of wind, from eastern Nebraska and out through Iowa and portions of Wisconsin and Illinois, was reached by a large hurricane.

The resemblance lies in the damage that will likely spread over a large area compared with a tornado, where the damage is rather spotty.

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National Weather Service

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