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What slammed our area?
Just what kind of storm whipped through the Fredericksburg area last night?
The official name is a derecho.
According to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, a derecho “is a widespread, long-lived wind storm that is associated with a band of rapidly moving showers or thunderstorms.
A derecho can produce destruction similar to that of tornadoes, the damage typically is directed in one direction along a relatively straight swath.