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Saturday, June 7, 2008

The Big One.

This was the scene throughout our town on Thursday morning. We had tornado sirens blarring Tuesday and Wednesday, and by Wednesday night it was an ugly sight outside. We turned on the news about 6:30, and just after seening the areas of concern per the weather guy, (we were one of them), we lost power. In about 3 seconds it turned for the worst. We had 70 mile an hour winds come through that lasted about a minute or two. As we saw our BBQ grill go sliding across the deck, I told the kids to get downstairs and threw some flashlights to them on their way down. Scott and I looked out the front window and the dark winds and rain were just swirling around. Oh it was ugly and scarry. Scott and I headed to the basement and grabbed some more flashlights. About a 1/2 hour later, we came back up. There were lightening storms for the next few hours after. I found some candles (that was difficult because I am a Scentsy girl), and had those going for the rest of the evening. On Thursday morning, we were still without power and when I took the kids to school, this is how our little town looked:        
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On the way home from my school, I stopped and got some ice because we were still without power. I loaded up a couple of ice chests with all of the dairy items that I had just bought from grocery shopping a few days ago. The word on the street was that we would not have power until Saturday because of this: A huge tree had fallen on Cook Rd and intertwined around a bunch of power lines. I called Scott and told him he better come home with a generator because it would cost more than a generator to replace what we had in our deep freeze. He did (what a GREAT Father's Day gift I might add). After we got the generator hooked up, we went for dinner (Red Robin, mmmmm) and got news that our power had been restored. A bunch of our neighbors had already headed off for the local hotels. I'm so glad we were all safe, and that we didn't have to wait till Saturday for power. What a mess though! We will have to fix some pieces of our roof too. This is just the underside that lost a few panels, but there is some upper roof damage as well. Also in the storm, our neighbors trampoline went flying into the other neighbors yard and the basketball stand flew into his front windsheild (too bad he didn't park his car in the garage) Oh, and speaking of the garage, the lid to our firepit flew in to ours (good thing I closed the garage door just before the storm hit). We now have a smiley face garage door, it is very welcoming. Hope you all have a happy and safe weekend :)

6 comments:

CandyandLadybugs said...

Wow! That is scary! I'm glad you are all alright. Whew! Welcome to tornado alley! I don't miss it at all.

Cari said...

Looks like you faired just as well as we did. Our Neighbors lost a lot of trees, and a few that landed on houses. We were lucky, (since we just cut a bunch of trees down) we didn't any. We have been helping with clean up though. Got to love the generators. It saved us for the second time. We just about hooked it up to the A/C because we didn't get power until Thursday night LATE

Misty said...

oh my goodness!!! Bless your heart! So glad it wasn't worse!

little miss shortcake said...

there's no great loss without some small gain - gotta love the smiley welcoming garage ;)

Melissa said...

That is so freaky!! Glad you are all okay! Love you!!

meagan said...

How scary!!! I remember a thunder storm we had once in San Jose (nothing that bad) when the power went out while you were in the middle of cooking dinner. We sat in the living room looking out the window watching the lightning and eating mashed potatoes. I remember thinking it was kinda fun and exciting, but then trees weren't falling over and the power wasn't out for days either. :) I do like your smiling garage door though, and I am glad no one was hurt! Love ya!