I'm sure everyone knows about the destructive force of hurricane Ike. Well, let me tell you about it... we felt the effects in OHIO, and we're half a country away from the coast!
Two days ago the weather prediction called for "hurricane conditions", which puzzled us. This morning, before church, there was no hurricane mention, so we didn't think anymore about it.
We got home from church at 1:00, parking under the tree, as always. The wind had picked up a bit, so I suggested we move the van. Moments later we heard a *CRACK* and looked out the dining room window to see an ENORMOUS branch filling most of the front yard and part of the driveway. PHEW!
I was ready to blog it right then, but the story goes on. Fred went up and down the street, warning neighbors with trees in their front yards that they might want to move their vehicles. When they would glance at our yard, they would fetch the keys and move those wheels.
Sadly, one house's siding was ripped clean off the side. A neighbor told Fred that the owners are out of the country right now (India). Property Management should hopefully have it fixed by the time they get home!
We have some lawn furniture in our garage now. Some neighbors helped Fred move it there from people's yards who weren't home. The people right next to us moved here from Phoenix about a year ago. They have the Southwestern theme going, with "broken" pottery. Well, the wind blew over a regular urn, smashing it.
Friends who've lived here several years said even during tornado season, they've never seen such fierce winds here. The ENORMOUS cottonwood tree right up behind their house was thrashing so violently, it reminded us of the Ents from the 3rd Lord of the Rings story (yes, we're dorks). The woods behind our house looked like they were having a battle. We saw several large trees fall.
The power ended up going out for several hours. Luckily it's back on (as I'm sure you figured out, seeing as how I've posted this), but we've heard most of the base still doesn't have power. All those poor colonels and generals!