Dusky Terry is the President of ITC Midwest.
A derecho recently swept across Iowa with wind speeds reaching one hundred and forty miles per hour. In addition to widespread property damage, nearly six-hundred thousand Iowans were left without power and nearly forty percent of the state's crops were damaged or destroyed. Iowa rarely, if ever, witnessed a storm that left more devastation in its wake. PUF staff talked with Terry Kouba, President, Interstate Power and Light and Dusky Terry, President, ITC Midwest about this costly derecho and extensive restoration efforts.
PUF's Lori Burkhart: When did you find out a derecho was coming at you?
Dusky Terry: That Monday morning, August tenth, I was working. We've been working from home since March in response to the pandemic. I live about thirty minutes west of Des Moines, and ironically, I was on an Enterprise Risk Management call talking about risks to the business.
I first found out about it when I got a severe thunderstorm warning alert on my phone. Then it was about ten minutes before the storm blew through my home community.