Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Wild Weather!!!

So, how was your Tuesday night?? Ours--a little crazy!

Last night at about 11:30, I was just finishing up some things in the kitchen when I heard the wind really starting to blow. Mark wasn't feeling that well so he had gone to bed earlier and of course the kids were all asleep. I went to check the radar and saw storms all over the area. I clicked on the warnings and saw that we were under a tornado warning. Then the power went out. Wind howling, kids sleeping, husband sleeping, tornadoes in the area....

Within a few minutes we were all in the basement with flashlights in hand. Thanks to a little battery operated radio Brenda and Aaron sent Kaden for his birthday, we were able to keep up with a little weather news. After 1:00 a.m. we made it back upstairs.

We escaped the tornado, but had some very strong winds! These are some of the sights that we saw in our yard this morning.:

Our wonderful apple tree--totally uprooted. It crushed the side of the dog kennel.

Check out those roots. That was some pretty strong wind!!

A picture I took of the kids enjoying cones yesterday. Notice the "before the storm", and "after the storm" background.

A heart breaker for our children. The trampoline got mangled!! That was one of the best investments we had ever made. They played on it almost daily! :-(

Ripped, bent, totally upside down.

Today they went out and were still finding ways to play on/with it.

Looking at the big picture, we have so much to be thankful for!! That tree/trampoline could have gone other directions doing much more damage. We lost several shingles, but didn't lose our roof. A big branch fell on our new wooden swing set, but didn't break it. We didn't lose any windows, a lady in the store said her sister lost seven...the list could go on and on. So thankful for HIS protection.

And now, we are buckling down for more storms that are suppose to hit our area tomorrow. WOO-HOO!!


Les said...

I'm so glad you all are safe! With winds strong enough to uproot a tree, that does show you what could happen! It looks like the kids are troopers and handling the trampoline tragedy well.

Julie said...

Wow! That was quite the storm! I can't imagine wind strong enough to mangle a big trampoline. I'm glad your house wasn't damaged. Hope the next storm stays clear of you!

dorcas said...

So glad that you all are okay!

Stephanie said...

Wow! I suppose we are going to have some "wonderful" weather this summer, judging by our spring...kinda wish we had our basement back! Glad you all are ok. Sorry about the losses...always frustrating and disappointing. Homeowner's insurance could be a blessing if they didn't penalize you for making a legitimate claim!
See ya tomorrow!

The Arender's said...

So glad you all survived the weather. Sorry about the tree, trampoline and all the other things that were damaged. It is a good thing you all have a basement.

Brenda said...

Wow - those WERE strong winds! Bummer - I'll miss the trampoline, too!