Strong Winds Knock Out Power Throughout Midwest, Affect Industry Businesses
A derecho—a line of thunderstorms characteristic of extremely strong winds that are often associated with significant damage to trees, power lines and structures—moved through the Midwest U.S. on Monday, leaving millions without power. Several promotional products companies in the area report being affected by the storm.
Supplier Raining Rose (PPAI 232508, S7) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is without power and has posted on social media that its facility will be closed for at least today and tomorrow as it waits for electrical service to be restored. Distributor Vernon (PPAI 109323, D11) in Newton, Iowa, also reports that it is currently without power, phone and internet but hopes to reopen tomorrow.
The derecho began in southeast South Dakota and eastern Nebraska on Monday morning. Its 700-mile track moved through Iowa, northern and central Illinois, southern Wisconsin, southwest Michigan, Indiana and northwest Ohio.
If your company is experiencing any closures or delays due to the storm, please notify PPB Newslink at JamesK@ppai.org.