Weathering the storm

Until August 10, 2020, Laurie Worden had never heard of a weather phenomenon known as a derecho. But on that day, a storm front 250 miles wide with winds gusting to 145 mph passed through Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for almost 90 minutes, leaving behind destruction that Worden describes as “dystopian. It was like a bomb had blown up in our neighborhood.” She found a silver lining in that forbidding bank of clouds, though: the generous hearts of the Cedar Rapids Prairie High School Key Club, which she f
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