What is a derecho?


What is a derecho?

The swath of straight-line wind damage must cover a distance of at least 250 miles

Andrew Wulfeck

A derecho is a cluster of thunderstorms with destructive winds.


A cluster of thunderstorms that produces destructive wind gusts for hundreds of miles and can impact millions of people is known as a derecho.

For meteorologists to classify a windstorm as a derecho – from the Spanish word for “straight” – the swath of straight-line wind damage it causes must cover a distance of at least 250 miles and include wind gusts over 58 mph along most of its path, as well as several, well-separated 75-mph or higher gusts, according to NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center.

Derechos can occur at any time of the year but are more common when a clash of air masses happens during the spring and summer.

The damaging-wind events vary in size, but it is not uncommon for winds to exceed more than 100 mph and produce tornado-like destruction for several hundred miles.


In this aerial image from a drone, damaged grain bins are shown at the Heartland Co-Op grain elevator on Aug. 11, 2020, in Luther, Iowa. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said early estimates indicated 10 million acres, nearly one-third of the states land used for crops, were damaged when a powerful storm battered the region a day earlier.

(Daniel Acker / Getty Images)

One of the most significant derecho events in U.S. history occurred throughout much of the Midwest during the summer of 2020.

During the event, winds gusted upward of 140 mph, causing more than $7.5 billion in damage.

If you are in the path of a high-wind event such as a derecho, it is advised that you get indoors and move away from windows and doors.


The faux outrage that Biden is stockpiling baby formula for undocumented immigrants


Glenn Kessler

“They are sending pallets, pallets of baby formula to the border. Meanwhile, in our own district at home, we cannot find baby formula.”

— Rep. Kat Cammack (R-Fla.), on social media, May 12

“While mothers and fathers stare at empty grocery store shelves in a panic, the Biden administration is happy to provide baby formula to illegal immigrants coming across our southern border. This is yet another one in a long line of reckless, out-of-touch priorities from the Biden administration when it comes to securing our border and protecting Americans.”

Joint statement by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) President Brandon Judd, May 12

Cammack sparked a furor Thursday when she posted photos that compared what she said were stockpiles of baby formula for undocumented immigrants with empty grocery shelves for Americans in local stores. “You see the American government sending by the pallet thousands and thousands of containers of baby formula to the border, that would make my blood boil,” she said.

The Texas governor, along with other Republicans, quickly jumped on the bandwagon, issuing a joint statement with a president of a labor union that represents Border Patrol agents.

Cammack said she was not blaming the babies — “it is not the children’s fault at all” — but she and Abbott blasted the Biden administration for allowing this happen.

The problem is that the Biden administration is following the law — a law that President Donald Trump also followed (though he wasn’t happy about it).

At issue is something called the Flores consent decree, which began as a class-action lawsuit regarding the treatment of migrant children. The Justice Department negotiated a settlement in 1997 during President Bill Clinton’s administration.

The Flores settlement requires the federal government to release rather than detain undocumented immigrant children, first to their parents if possible, to other adult relatives if not, and to licensed programs willing to accept custody if no relatives are available. A 2015 judicial ruling then said the Flores settlement covered all children in immigration officials’ custody, regardless of whether they were apprehended crossing the border alone or with family.

Here’s the relevant section of the settlement, which refers to the now-defunct Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).

Note the reference to food: “Whenever the INS takes a minor into custody, it shall expeditiously process the minor and shall provide the minor with a notice of rights, including the right to a bond redetermination hearing if applicable. Following arrest, the INS shall hold minors in facilities that are safe and sanitary and that are consistent with the INS’s concern for the particular vulnerability of minors. Facilities will provide access to toilets and sinks, drinking water and food as appropriate, medical assistance if the minor is in need of emergency services, adequate temperature control and ventilation, adequate supervision to protect minors from others, and contact with family members who were arrested with the minor.”

A 2015 Customs and Border Protection (CBP) document laid out national standards for transport, escort, detention and search processes. These standards are derived from the Flores settlement and a 2008 law that codified elements of Flores, the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act.

Among those standards: “Food must be appropriate for at-risk detainees’ age and capabilities (such as formula and baby food).”

We mentioned that Trump was no fan of Flores. He tried to get rid of it but was blocked by the courts. So he followed the law, too. “We also observed all Border Patrol stations had food, snacks, juice, and infant formula available for children,” said a 2020 Department of Homeland Security Inspector General report on how the administration struggled to manage the 2019 migrant surge.

“CBP takes seriously its legal responsibility to ensure the safety and security of individuals in our custody,” a DHS spokesman said. “Ensuring migrants, including children and infants, in our custody have their basic needs met is in line with this Administration’s commitment to ensuring safe, orderly, and humane processes at our border. CBP complies with all applicable regulations for the purchase of products used in CBP facilities.”

We sought comments from Cammack, Abbott and Judd but did not get responses.

This is a ridiculous faux outrage. The shortage of baby formula is a serious issue that the administration is seeking to address. But at the same time, the administration cannot be faulted for following the law and providing baby formula to undocumented immigrants. Anyone who suggests this is the result of specific Biden policies, i.e., his “reckless, out-of-touch priorities,” earns Four Pinocchios.

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The Baby Formula Crisis

Republicans demand Biden admin immediately address baby formula shortage: ‘This is not a third world country’


Kyle Morris

House Republicans are calling for swift action from the Biden administration to address the nationwide shortage of baby formula.

Joined by more than a dozen of her colleagues outside the Capitol on Thursday, Elise Stefanik, who serves as House GOP conference chairwoman and has a nine-month-old son, took aim at President Biden and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over their unwillingness to ensure that mothers across the country have the formula their young children need.


Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., speaks during a news conference about the shortage of baby formula outside the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., US, on Thursday, May 12, 2022.

Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., speaks during a news conference about the shortage of baby formula outside the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., US, on Thursday, May 12, 2022. (Ting Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

“I’ve led on this issue since February and we, as House Republicans, continue to demand answers from the FDA,” Stefanik said. “Unsurprisingly, when I reached out in February from my office to the FDA we received no substantive response. Joe Biden simply has no plan. In fact, when Joe Biden’s White House was asked about the shortage, they laughed. Shameful. Make no mistake, there is nothing laughable or funny about this crisis.”

“Today, House Republicans are here to push for action from the FDA and the Biden administration who should have had a plan for this shortage months ago,” she added. “Instead, bare shelves Biden has continued to pass the buck. … This is not a Third World country. This should never happen in the United States of America. We’re unified in demanding action to address this crisis.”

Echoing Stefanik’s remarks, Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Mo., said, “This is sadly Joe Biden’s America.”

“Working families are already struggling to put food on the table due to the skyrocketing costs of every day items, and now they are facing a crisis that is threatening the very lives of their newborn children,” Wagner said. “This baby formula shortage is hitting mothers all over the country, but especially in my home state of Missouri.”

A House member holds a can of Similac infant formula during a news conference about the shortage of baby formula outside the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., US, on Thursday, May 12, 2022.

A House member holds a can of Similac infant formula during a news conference about the shortage of baby formula outside the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., US, on Thursday, May 12, 2022. (Ting Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Wagner said her constituents are feeling the heat from the lack of formula in Missouri and noted that the state is “one of six states in America that has its baby formula out of stock.”

“Businesses and retailers are rationing supplies … limiting the amount of formula a customer can buy,” she said. “As the proud grandmother of two and another sweet baby on the way, it is terrifying to think of the desperation parents in my district are feeling when they cannot provide the basic necessities they need for their children.”


Also in attendance for the press conference was Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., who said she is hearing from mothers, support groups, and nurses in Washington state that “this is the biggest crisis they have faced.”

“Families are turning to the internet because they are so desperate,” she said. “It is extremely dangerous when you think about moms going to the grocery store and having an empty shelf. In some cases they’re driving for hours in order to get the baby formula that they need, and they certainly don’t need to be facing empty shelves.”

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., speaks during a news conference about the shortage of baby formula outside the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., US, on Thursday, May 12, 2022.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., speaks during a news conference about the shortage of baby formula outside the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., US, on Thursday, May 12, 2022. (Ting Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

“We shouldn’t be rationing formulas to keep their babies fed,” she added. “Some families rely on specific formula. I talked with one mom who has a baby with allergies and it’s extremely difficult. She feels like she’s playing Russian roulette as she goes to the store. President Biden and the FDA must do more. This is a matter of life or death.”

Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., the father of three young children, recognized the fact that “parents are struggling in America” as they seek formula for their children.


“The Biden administration has made every aspect of family life more difficult,” he said. “You go to the grocery store you see the rising price on the shelves of every available thing, and yet, you also go the grocery store and you see the lack of availability of key things you need for family life. Now we see the lack of access to baby formula and we ask why. This is not just a supply chain crisis. This is a crisis for families to be able to feed their children.

Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., speaks during a news conference about the shortage of baby formula outside the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., US, on Thursday, May 12, 2022.

Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., speaks during a news conference about the shortage of baby formula outside the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., US, on Thursday, May 12, 2022. (Ting Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

“When it comes to baby formula, people can see this for themselves what this administration has brought in terms of regulatory policy and then the lack of competence in responding to firm desires in society, firm needs in society, and that’s why we’re here to raise this question,” he added. “This is not meant to be a partisan exercise, but we’ve come together because we don’t see Democrats raising the same issue and willing to work with us to get some answer from this administration. We’re demanding answers.”

Parents across the nation have been panicked and desperate as supply disruptions and a massive safety recall by manufacturer Abbott have created widespread shortages. For the first week of May, the nationwide out-of-stock percentage for baby formula rose to 43%, according to Datasembly, which tracks product data for retailers. That’s up from 30% at the start of April. 

Both the White House and the FDA said they are working to address the shortages.

“Ensuring that infant formula is safe and available for families across the country is a top priority to the White House and this administration,” Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House principal deputy press secretary, said Wednesday.


She said April sales of formula were up about 10 percent from March and consumers should be able to find general powdered infant formula in stores as the FDA is working with the industry to maximize production capabilities and supply lines here and abroad.

White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House on November 5, 2021 in Washington, DC.

White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House on November 5, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)

“This is an urgent issue that the FDA, as you all know, and the White House is working 24/7 to address,” Jean-Pierre told reporters.

The FDA issued an update on Tuesday on its plan to address the baby formula shortages. In a statement to Fox News Digital, the agency said it is “using all available tools” to ensure access to safe products. The agency said it is closely working with Abbott to resume safe production at its Sturgis facility.

Empty formula shelves are shown in a Target store in Long Island, New York.

Empty formula shelves are shown in a Target store in Long Island, New York. (Nicole Pelletiere, Fox News Digital)

“Our first and foremost priority is ensuring that any recalled product remains off the market and we are working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and manufacturers to ensure that parents have access to alternative, safe infant formula,” the FDA said in a statement to Fox News Digital on Tuesday. “We will and must continue focusing on taking all steps possible to protect the health of those who rely on safe powdered infant formula.”

President Biden, according to a White House official, is slated to virtually speak with retailers and infant formula manufacturers Thursday evening.

Fox News’ Marisa Schultz contributed to this article.


More than half a million pounds of precooked chicken recalled


Paul Best

Alabama-based Wayne Farms is recalling more than half a million pounds of ready-to-eat chicken that may be undercooked, the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced this weekend. 

The FSIS originally announced a recall of about 30,000 pounds of the precooked chicken breasts last week after a customer complained that the product appeared to be undercooked, but expanded the recall to 585,030 pounds on Saturday. 

No adverse reactions have been reported. 

chicken recall

About 580,000 pounds of these precooked chicken breasts were recalled.  (Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service / Fox News)


The affected chicken breasts were produced between Feb. 9 and April 30 of this year and have production codes of 23618, 24357, 24512, 24583 and 24957. They were shipped to distributors nationwide and are at retail locations in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, according to the FSIS. 


About 4% of all packages of chicken in the United States have salmonella, according to the CDC.  (Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service / Fox News)

About one million people get food poisoning from eating contaminated poultry in the United States every year and salmonella is the most common type of bacteria, according to the CDC. About one in 25 packages of chicken have salmonella, according to a 2018 CDC report. Still, investigators did not indicate whether any Wayne Farms chicken connected to this recall had salmonella.

Wayne Farms did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Sunday. 

EDITOR’S NOTE: This report has been updated to clarify the nature of the recall.


Van Leeuwen Ice Cream recalls 2K pints due to undeclared tree nuts


Stephen Sorace

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream has recalled more than 2,000 pints of ice cream after learning the product may contain undeclared tree nuts, the company announced Tuesday.

The recall effects 2,185 frozen 14-ounce pints of its non-dairy frozen dessert product “Oat Milk Brown Sugar Chunk,” which are distributed nationally in retail stores, the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based ice cream makers said in a written announcement on the FDA’s website.

“The recall was voluntarily initiated after it was discovered due to a customer complaint, who experienced a reaction, that the lot contains the undeclared tree nuts and was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of the allergen,” the company said.

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream is voluntarily recalling 2,185 frozen 14-ounce pints of its “Oat Milk Brown Sugar Chunk” ice cream after customers reported the product may contain undeclared tree nuts. (Van Leeuwen Ice Cream)

Individuals allergic or with a severe sensitivity to tree nuts risk a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The recalled product comes in a 14-ounce white package with orange lettering and an orange lid. It is marked with lot #21V194 and a best by date of 1/13/2023, which are both displayed on the bottom of the pint. 

The recall does not apply to any other lot marking, best by date, or varieties of Van Leeuwen Ice Cream products, the company said.

An investigation into the cause of the contamination is ongoing.


Mercedes recalling over 292K vehicles to fix brake issue


Mercedes is warning over 292,000 customers with select ML, GL, and R-Class vehicles between the 2006 and 2012 model years to stop driving them. 

The German automaker said in a recall notice posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website that moisture can accumulate and cause corrosion in the cars’ brake booster housing units, potentially resulting in a vacuum leak and reduced brake performance. 

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Mercedes notes that drivers with impacted vehicles may notice a change in the feel of their brake pedal or a hissing or airflow noise when applying the brake pedal before the issue occurs. To date, there have been no crashes, injuries or deaths related to the issue.

To remedy the situation, Mercedes-Benz dealers will remove a rubber sleeve, inspect the brake booster and replace it as necessary. Owner notification letters will be mailed starting May 27.

Vehicles that show advanced corrosion will have an additional test performed to ensure the functionality of the brake booster. The vehicles that pass the additional test may be driven for up to two years but must return for an additional repair. Vehicles that do not pass the test will require a brake booster replacement. 

All repairs will be performed free of charge. In the event a repair is necessary and cannot be carried out immediately, an authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer will help coordinate towing and an alternate form of transportation for the owner. 


WATCH: Unsealed Video Shows Planned Parenthood Execs Under Oath Discussing Baby Body Parts Sales


Amanda Prestigiacomo

On Tuesday, the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released an explosive video that appears to show Planned Parenthood executives admitting that they charged a fee to medical companies for aborted baby body parts directly, despite the taxpayer-funded organization claiming their only “fees” were for transportation and other legal services.

David Daleiden, project lead for CMP, alleged in a press release that the video (which can be viewed below) is more confirmation that Planned Parenthood lied to the public and Congress about aborted baby trafficking.

“The time has come for federal consequences for Planned Parenthood,” Daleiden said in a statement. “Planned Parenthood lied to the public and to Congress, but now there is no longer any reasonable doubt that Planned Parenthood sold fetal body parts, commodifying living children in the womb and treating pregnant women like a cash crop.”

“The U.S. Department of Justice must escalate the enforcement of laws against fetal trafficking to the highest level of priority,” he added.

The video, which is of court records and proceedings, shows emails and contracts, and features testimony from Planned Parenthood executives appearing to discuss the selling of baby body parts at certain corporation affiliates.

Pro-life organization LiveAction argues that the video “disputes the argument that money received was nothing more than reimbursement for costs sustained by Planned Parenthood. Testimony revealed that payment was only made to Planned Parenthood if StemExpress was able to obtain ‘usable’ body parts from one of its abortion centers — meaning Planned Parenthood deceived the public when it claimed it only collected reimbursements for employees’ time and costs.”

As noted by CMP, “42 U.S. Code 289g-2 broadly forbids the exchange of valuable consideration for fetal tissue.”

“While the law allows for reimbursements of specific costs when donating fetal organs, those reimbursements must meet specific guidelines;” LiveAction continued, “they must be fees associated with transportation, processing, and other such costs. Planned Parenthood did none of these things, yet they collected money when they provided StemExpress with marketable body parts.”

Additionally, while the abortion giant told The New York Times that they “rebuffed” a contract to sell aborted baby livers for $750 each and $1600 for liver/thymus pairs, emails and testimony from Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast’s Senior Director of Abortion Access Tram Nguyen appears to reveal that she was looking to “move forward” with a deal.

At just one affiliate, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, the clinic reportedly took in $25,000 in just three months from deals for aborted baby body parts, invoices showed. Founder and CEO of Planned Parenthood partner Advanced Bioscience Resources, Linda Tracy, was repeatedly told by her lawyer on video not to disclose how much the company was taking in.

Planned Parenthood is currently not charged with any violations of U.S. code and has yet to fall under an investigation over the matter of selling or exchanging fetal tissue.

“PPMM does over 17,000 abortions a year, and unsealed invoices show PPMM making $25,000 in just 3 months from StemExpress,” CMP said. “When asked how much money an abortion clinic could make per year from selling fetal body parts, the founder and CEO of Planned Parenthood partner Advanced Bioscience Resources, Linda Tracy, was forbidden by her lawyer to answer.”

Related: REPORT: Here’s Why Planned Parenthood Booted Leana Wen As President. It’s Unbelievable.