Family Life: Crazy Weather

Wild and Wet Weather

We are in between storms at the moment and all is calm and quiet.

Thursday night, Father and I just happened to watch the news. Something we rarely do these days. The newscaster was talking about gearing up for an emergency and have your flashlights and supplies ready. We look at each other - what? Seems a huge storm was moving in and the word was to batten down the hatches. The forecast called for rain, rain and more rain, plus wind gusts up to 80 mph in some areas. The winds woke me up in the wee hours of Friday morning. It sounded like a freight train outside our window with things on the patio rattling around.

Both James and I were up around 6:30 no longer able to sleep. The rain came in sheets and whipped against the front door, the birch tree kept creaking as it swayed and I watched my neighbors huge pine tree branches bending with the wind. We lost power for all of an hour. We were the fortunate ones - other neighborhoods lost power for several hours.

We didn't have any damage except two huge bags of plant fertilizer exploded on our patio and we have bits of bag and fertilizer all over the patio.

When James and I went to to the grocery store today, we saw many tree branches and fences down. One huge tree lay on it side with a chunk of ground about 7 feet wide around it. Fortunately it had fallen away from the house, but into the power lines. I wish I had my camera with me. James just had to tell everybody in the store that he saw a tree that had fallen over and it was bigger than Godzilla!

The grocery store was packed. According to our bag boy, the power had been knocked out in that area for several hours and they were the only grocery store who had generators for power. The rest of the stores were in the midst of replacing all their spoiled foods.

We are staying safe and dry and cozy in our house for the rest of the weekend.

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