Hello, My Friends!~~
Here in the Washington, DC area we learned first hand a new meterological vocabulary word: derecho.
A derecho is a long-lived straight line of intense thunderstorms. The derecho that hit the DC area began in Chicago about 2 pm on Friday afternoon and slammed into my neck of the woods at 10:30 pm with the ferocity of a runaway freight train. Winds topped 90 mph. We immediately lost power and didn't get it back for 56 hours and of course we are having a heat wave with temps hitting 100 degrees and high humidity--gross.
Our life changed into a quest for places to get on-line, to charge phones and i-pads, to get food and air conditioning, to get ice, and just to cope. We did well and counted ourselves fotunate that the destruction barely tapped our house but really wrecked havoc in the rest of our neightborhood...
The maple tree over my new Subaru had a few broken branches but my car was spared. We saw quite a few smashed cars nearby, just crushed beneath fallen trees.
The park at the end of our street lost quite a few very large trees including a gorgeous willow oak.
About 5 large trees came down next to each other.
The root balls were huge!
This one left a massive crater of white clay soil.
The path through the park was completely blocked. Bikers who ci=ommute through here can no longer do so until the parks dept clears the way.
And just a couple of blocks down the street...
Our friends and neighbors had a massive oak tree smash their living room and dining room, making the house unliveable. The tree was removed pretty fast. No one was hurt and the mom of our friends lives next door so they are staying there.
Driving around this weekend and even still proves to be challenging. Some traffic lights are still out, most were out this weekend, and trees still block the way...
Crews work dilegently.
Can't get through here.
Can barely get by here and careful to avoid the down power lines.
This house was spared but so many were not. The destrcution is the worst I have ever seen in the area and we have had a couple of hurricanes blow through, one tornado, and a blizzard. Over 1 million people in the area were without power but that number is steadily falling.
We count ourselves very fortunate and pray the rest of the folks in the area will get their lives and homes back to normal very very soon.~~~XXOO, Beth