Last Friday night Buddy and I went out to eat, and on the way home Buddy told me to look up at the sky...that the clouds were a funny gray and appeared to be moving in a bizarre way. By the time I looked up it hit. The winds were so strong (we read winds were 70 mph) it felt lie the car was going to take flight. A transformer blew as we were at it and sparks and wires went flying. The tree branches were hitting our windshield, and we could hardly see. As we got to the Baptist church, I saw some cars with their lights. Buddy and I stopped, went into the church with others, and stayed there at least an hour. When the winds finally calmed down we drove the mile to our house and stumbled in. No lights or phones. Here are a few pictures.
As you exit the interstate, you turn left at these signs...my contribution to Lesley’s Signs, Signs. The wind had blown them over. This field made it without a loss of trees. One 200 year old tree in Stonewall Jackson Cemetery blew over, but fortunately it did not get the Stonewall tombs
We awakened to see 1/3 of the tree right beside our Bridge to Somewhere down. It was way too close to the bridge for comfort. We would have lost it or done serious damage if the entire tree had fallen.
The upper part of the tree consumed the creek.
In this picture you can see the part of the tree that split away.
After a week of cleaning and carrying away all of the parts of branches which had broken off and fallen into the creek, I am down to bits and pieces like these. It is still pretty messy but lots better than earlier this week.
As you can see here, the tree on the bank behind the house are now ON the roof. We have lots of cutting to do here. Gene and my Eloise are coming in this weekend to help. Eloise’s job is to be in charge of the sun screen,water, and to help her Baga (me) to clean up the rest of the creek.
Sorry about the blurry shot, but I was shooting through the windshield. You can still see the beautiful blue sky and all the cars.
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So glad that you are safe. Storms like that are so scary!ReplyDelete
Cool shots, but I'm glad you didn't get hurt in the process! There were a lot of strong storms last week in the Midwest and East. This summer hasn't been much fun so far.ReplyDelete
Pleased to hear you are safe. News of the storms made its way to Australia too. So hard to be without electricity and water, especially in mid summer. Hope all is restored soon.ReplyDelete
How chilling, Genie. What a difficult time you all have had. My sister lives in W. Va. And she lives in a little pocket area that managed to keep its power though communication was shot.ReplyDelete
that was scary! we're a storm super highway here, and i've seen my share of flying signs and tree branches. i'm glad you and your family are safe.ReplyDelete
Good to hear things are well. Great post.ReplyDelete
You live in hard conditions there, first the bushfires and now this terrible storm. We saw the damage on tv here, very frightening.ReplyDelete
We only lost some siding and shingles and t got our power back after two days so were among the lucky ones.ReplyDelete
Take your time on cleanup! Slow and steady wins the race. Besides it gets lighter as it dries and ages! (I've got lots of hurricane cleanup experience!)
Good you are safe. For me the hardest part would be without internet. I say take the TV, take the phone but don't take my internet from me. Without that I am lost. Have a great day Genie. LynneReplyDelete
I am so glad that you're all OKReplyDelete
and that you have power
I am right now watching the news and so many are still waiting and the crews are working in such awful heat
thanks for all the photos
good luck with the clean-up and I hope the rest of the summer is kinder to us all
We watched the news on the internet about the storm and were thinking - hope that is not Genie's area. You are so fortunate that you found shelter on the way home and thankful not too much damage. We had one 400 yr old tree fall right in front of house, so down came the other one next day. One scare is enough and we were lucky not to have damage. Now we have canadian cedars around the house, still provide shade, however more bushy n tall rather than 300 yr old tree trunks coming at ya.ReplyDelete
I think I heard a crew of our hydro guys were heading that way to help out. Hope everyone's power is restored before too much longer. Thinking about the folks in all that heat and hope the emergency people are there in swarms. Take care Genie - Thinking about you all and glad to hear you guys are OK. Lilly
We've had a couple of doozies in the last week, but nothing like this! I'm glad you are OK and damage is limited to fallen trees.ReplyDelete
glad you've been restored and have gotten most of the clean-up done. sorry, though, for so many.ReplyDelete
Totally freaky storm and you are right... the clouds were just moving so erratically. Glad you are all okay. Still a few people in our area without power as well.ReplyDelete
Oh Genie I am so happy you and your family are OK. This has been one very scary season for so many. My prayers go out to all of those who are still living the aftermath and dealing with this heat. Take care. BReplyDelete
glad you are ok genie! we have almost the same pictures, you and i. we got our power back on tuesday evening. they were saying it wouldn't be till sun or monday. some in my area are still without. we drove to lynchburg yesterday and they were hit badly.ReplyDelete
Terrible, devastating storms... Glad everyone is safe, now... please beeee careful! =)ReplyDelete
I was wondering if you got hit as well. It was awful here as well. We were only out of power and water for three days. My son and the whole village of Granville are still out. I was with my mom and had just left my MIL......I actually ran to the car in the midst of the 80 mile winds. The next day I found my MIL very ill and she had to be admitted.ReplyDelete
So sorry you are still without power. It stinks. We couldn't even find any ice anywhere.
You probably haven't gotten it but I sent your package a week ago.
I heard if a tree fell onto your property that the insurance co. would pay for the removal. Our neighbor still has a huge tree on her car.....sure did smash it into a convertible.
((((((HUGS))))) Stay safe.
So glad to hear you are safe after the devastating storm. So much destruction from storms and wildfires this summer.ReplyDelete
Criminee, Genie, glad you and yours are okay. Like Luna said, we're in typhoon country here so we can thoroughly relate to wicked winds, floods, broken trees and cut power. No fun!ReplyDelete
Oh my goodness, how frightening, Genie.ReplyDelete
I am glad you are okay.
Wow Genie - what a horrible experience that you didn't need to have! I am so glad you are okay.ReplyDelete
What a mess. Glad you're OK. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.ReplyDelete
I have been reading about these storms and the lack of electricity in the news, but it is entirely different when it affects people you know. I am glad there wasn't any more damage - you have enough!ReplyDelete
Gorgeous, I would love to climb in there! Have a happy weekend!ReplyDelete
That is SO scary, Genie!! I'm so glad that you're okay! Terrific captures! I'm not sure I would have been able to get anything close to these! The weather has been so bizarre this year in so many places!! Take care! Have a good -- storm/wind free weekend!ReplyDelete
Nice shots. I am glad you are all safe.ReplyDelete
I am happy to see that you are both safe. Maryland had a similar storm on Friday. Hundreds of thousands of homes were without electric. And some are still out, as hot as it is right now. I really feel sorry for those affected by these storms. Take care. Have a great weekend!ReplyDelete
Genie -- that's way too much of an adventure! Gosh. I am amazed and grateful that you were able to take these pictures and thank you for sharing them. I am glad Buddy was at home instead of out on a trail somewhere.ReplyDelete
How scary for you Genie! I'm so glad you are okay.ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing at Rural Thursdays this week. xo