Tuesday, June 14, 2011

There Came a Great Storm

While I was having fun in Fond du Lac on Saturday, a storm blew through C.P. .  Andrew called me just afterwards and gave me the good news and bad news.  The good news was there were no reports of serious injuries.  The bad news was that there were trees down all over town and the southern part of the city (where we live) was without electricity with temperatures hovering around 100 degrees.

Andrew and Oliver were out for their walk when the storm hit.  As a matter of fact, they had just turned toward home (about a half mile away) when the wind picked up (it was clocked at 110 MPH) and the rain started in a sideways down pour--or maybe that would be a side pour.  He heard a loud crack and a huge limb fell onto the sidewalk just in front of them.  They made it home, soaked, to find our neighbor's 100 ft tall pine tree laying across our driveway and our next-door neighbor's driveway.  It fell onto the neighbor's car, garage roof and fence!!

I, sipping iced tea and looking at a lovely garden, said "call me when the electricity comes back on".  I planned to stay in Fond du Lac until it did.  He called Monday night, after sweltering through two days and nights of high temperatures and humidity, and said the electricity was back.  I came home on Tuesday and saw this when I pulled into the driveway.

A drive around town revealed many huge trees down.  There were utility trucks and wood chippers from Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin busy clearing streets and lawns.

Alas, the frozen food defrosted and had to be tossed.  Fortunately, I had been reducing the freezer contents in anticipation of cleaning out the refrigerator and freezer.  Andrew nicely performed this task before I arrived home!!

Even though the winds were of tornado strength, it wasn't a tornado.  Considering what many states have been through, we were very lucky!