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Derechos Are Long-Lived Windstorms.

A derecho is a special type of windstorm that is both widespread and long-lived. It is associated with a band of rapidly moving rain showers or thunderstorms. Due to its strength, a derecho can produce destruction similar to a tornado, but the damage pattern from derechos occurs along notably straight lines, hence the name of these storms (“derecho” means “direct” or “straight ahead” in Spanish).

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