Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Storm Damage July 1, 2014

At 1:00 AM on July 1 a storm roared though our area.  We were lucky because it grew in strength as it roared east and turned into a tornado about 50 miles east of area.
We woke up to very large branches down in our back yard.  The tree they broke from is rotted at the top.  We will have to think about topping it or taking it down.
A few months ago I posted this picture from when the electric company trimmed or removed trees in our area.  This picture was taken as the crew removed the large tree on the left.  They left the smaller tree next to it.  In the picture it is the tree directly under the guy in the bucket and it IS a tall tree.  Well, that tree broke off at the bottom during the storm and landed just next to the house next door.  Lucky for them that the only damage to their home was from a branch that broke a window in the bay window in the living room.

We were all so lucky.  There we lots of trees in our neighbor hood that were felled or left broken.  You could hear chains saws in every direction.  As you can imagine we were left without electricity.  We were only out for about 13 hours but many in the area are not expected to have power returned until Saturday night.

The only good thing I can say about the storm is that it is bringing cooler air and the humidity level has dropped to the comfortable zone and is expected to continue until Monday when more rain is expected.  Our area set a record for the second highest rainfall on record for the month of June.  I fear that we will suffer when the cost of produce skyrockets due to the effect of all this rain in the fields.

BUT!!!!! We WILL be able to work in the yard and believe me, my pond area looks like a rain forest.

Hope everyone reading this dodged Nature's Fury.


FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Glad you survived the storm. Hopefully clean up will be relatively easy to take care of. The cooler temps will be nice for as long as they last.

Have a great rest of the week ~ FlowerLady

jinxxxygirl said...

So glad you and your family are safe Carol!Scary stuff! So glad though the temps and humidity have broke and you can get outside. Rain rain rain...... if only you could share! :) Hugs! deb

Jeanna said...

Wow Carol. I'm so happy you all are ok. Summer storms do terrible damage and so quickly.

Jan said...

Oh my! I'm so glad you are safe and no real damage. Good thing they took that one tree down, who knows what might have happened if it had still been there. Nature is so powerful, sometimes we forget until it jumps up and slaps us in the face. Take care.

Barbara said...

Not dodged here yet, as it's on the way. Then it will be followed by the season's first hurricane, Arthur. However, that should stay out at sea for the most part. Stay safe there!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Glad to hear you were safe!

Penny said...

I'm so glad that the damage wasn't any worse than it was. Having been through storms like that, hearing the trees moaning, groaning and breaking off while huddling inside is very scary. But the cooler weather must be very welcome.

Wendy said...

Good to read all is well for you and your family...I hate storms that pop up and cause tornado's to form...we get them regularly in my talk about your pond area, my moms looks like a rain forest as well...with all the rain we have had we have not been able to get around the thing and cut, clear and remove what needs to be done...we need a week of no rain to do so...hopefully that will happen soon...hope you have a lovely day.

Timaree said...

That sounds like a bad storm! We had a similar one earlier except we didn't get rain. Too bad the power company hadn't taken down the second tree but your neighbors probably have insurance to cover the window. They are so lucky that's all that happened. Glad you are all okay. Thirteen hours without power you have probably experienced before but trees falling gets scary! We are having one of our driest years. Too bad we couldn't get some of your rain!

Momma Bear said...

glad you are all ok. scary that, when the tornadoes are that close!
we also are surrounded by tall(80ft!)ceders and when the wind blows you can hear them creak and pop in the the wind.
then there is the clean up *sigh*
at least we have plenty of firewood for the stove!
keep safe and be the wicked strong lady with the cainsaw! ;)

SuzyQ said...

Oh no! Not a good way to start your summer :(. I hope they get the power back on for you by tonight. On a more positive note, at least it's summer and you can sit outside and enjoy the evenings by candlelight :) hang in there!

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

So glad you're all okay. I guess it was a good thing the larger tree was cut down!

Are you thinking about how to fill the bare spot? I couldn't wait to put somethng green there again.