It has been a funny day. We were getting a lot of rain - there were news reports of 11 people dead across the border in Georgia when a tornado ripped thru a trailer park. We were having flashes of rain - then sun - then strange skies. All of a sudden - we were on the phone doing a video chat with our grandson - when the power in the house went off. We glanced out the back window to see a giant 100 pine tree heading toward our window. Luckily it stopped a few feet short of the house.
This all occurred about 2 hours ago. After taking a tour of the neighborhood on my scooter - I realized it was much more serious than we first thought. There are dozens of giant pine trees knocked across the streets. Power lines - phone lines - cable TV lines - are down all over. Branches litter the yards.
The pine tree that fell in our yard was 100 feet tall - it is about 2 feet thick. It broke off about 40 feet up from the ground. The 60 foot piece came directly toward our house - coming up just short. Ironically this tree was on the property border with our neighbor and they insisted it stay. I wonder if they will insist on paying to clean it up :-)
We got a text message from the city saying essentially - this is going to take a while. I went to the garage to get our Honda 2000 generator out and fired it up. I ran extension cords to the TV - the satellite dish - the refrigerator - the water heater and some lights. It was so much easier setting up this time - after the practice run this summer during the hurricane. We lost power for 48 hours during that storm - I hope it is just a few hours this time.
We will be offering free services to friends and neighbors.
|Note the 40 foot high stump|
|That tree came just short of our house|
|Note the pressure on the power lines|
|More wires trapped by the tree|
|Limbo Lane blocked by a tree - how low can you go?|
|Some pulled out by the roots|
|These pine trees are like weeds|
|Sandy soils get soaked and down go the trees|
|Down goes Frazier!|
|Two trees back to back block Old Fort Drive|
|A giant tree - probably the one that trapped my drone last year|
|This one broked off about 30 feet up - an oak|
|This house is getting a complete renovation|
|No one lives here - it is getting a full renovation|
|Seminole Drive - our street - is impassible|
|I bought the white Honda scooter from this home.|
|This is the water by our driveway - note the sun|
|This is the tree in our yar|
|Note our azaleas are blooming - normally in March|