It’s been another crazy week, which started out with a WHOPPER of a storm on Monday. I had been watching the radar and I knew we were under a Tornado Watch. I usually fill up pots with water (no power=no water), but I was too focused on watching the radar to think of it.
Fargo and I were in the house when it hit and we were both freaked out by the horizontal rain and unbelievable winds. The power went out almost immediately. Luckily there was enough daylight for me to quick grab the candles and matches. Just when I thought it was a situation where we needed to be in the basement, the wind started to slow down.
It was very loud between the wind and the rain/hail, so I apparently missed the fact that a tree came down across the street in front of the house. I found this out when a young woman showed up at my door because her car was trapped between the tree out front and another downed tree in front of our neighbors’ house. Fargo was quite happy to have a visitor, but my heart and adrenaline were on overdrive after the scare of the storm and a stranger at the door. She was very nice and pretty freaked out herself. I’m glad she thought to pull into the drive and knock.
We noticed the police down the road trying to get that tree moved, so the young lady decided to leave. She ended up helping some other people moving the tree in front of our house so they could get by.
If I look for the up side of this tree lying on the ground, I guess we have a better view into the field.
Turns out, there were many more trees down and many utility poles. There was a confirmed tornado just a few miles away and winds of 70 mph were recorded here. Our power was out for 24 hours, which luckily, was 24 hours less than originally predicted. There were quite a few of my friends who had 48+ hours without power.
If you stand at the end of our driveway and look left, you can see a big brown thing. That thing is a root ball from a massive, MASSIVE tree, that thankfully fell away from the road. Here is hubby standing next to it for size perspective.
Here it is from the side.
Another tree is hanging across the canopy and will likely come down at some point.
All in all, we are incredibly lucky that we had no damage to our property. I don’t need to see a storm like that again for a very long time, or better yet, ever. Thank you to the power company workers and first responders who were out trying to help and to get our power back on as quickly as possible.