Friday, February 27, 2015

Ice Storm No. 2 and Just a Bit of Doodling

With ice from the previous storm was still on the trees, ice storm number two rolled in last Friday night through Saturday morning, showing us absolutely no mercy. In addition to the weight of the ice from both storms, we were simultaneously hit with a massive windstorm. These two things coupled together caused more destruction than I have ever seen in my entire life! Here is a slideshow of some pics that I took from my back and front porches Saturday morning as the storm was happening:

And here is a description of the slides:
  • Slide 1: The view from my back porch.
  • Slide 2: As I am standing on my back porch in awe of the destruction, I hear a “snap, crackle and crunch” and all of a sudden I saw one of the trees behind hubby’s shop break in have and fall to the ground! This was about the scaredest I can remember feeling. It was like being in a war zone, not knowing where the next hit would be from, or how close to you it would be.
  • Slide 3: From my front porch….you can see my internet wire running across my yard in the middle of the pic.
  • Slide 4: The weight of the ice alone was too much for the trees to bear. Here you can see how the limbs of the big tree in front of our house is bending over as if it were a Weeping Willow tree….I assure you, it is not. If you look to the right side of the pic, you will see that the limbs and branches are laying on my house.
  • Slide 5: Here is a better view of how the limbs and branches of our front tree is laying on the roof of our home
  • Slide 6: If you look at the top of the largest trees here, you will see that the limbs at the top are bent over. What you can’t see clearly, is that they are actually broke and hanging by just a big of bark and that they are ready to come plummeting to the ground.
  • Slide 7: When I took the first pic, only the branch closest to the house was there. I no sooner took that pic when the second one (closest to the vehicle) broke off, hit my suburban, bounced off and landed beside it (right in front of me)!
  • Slide 8: This is a piece of one of the branches from the big tree in the back yard. Notice it is laying on the floor inside of my house….
  • Slide 9: This is how the hunk of branch (from the previous image) made it’s grand entry into our house. It perfectly pierced through our roof, the insulation and then finally our ceiling in one fail swooft! It sounded like it took out the whole end of the house, but thankfully, this was all the damage that was done to the house through this whole ordeal, but it just about scared the life out of me, that’s for sure!

The views from my porches show such a small part of the destruction of this storm. If you'd like to get a better view of what the storm did in our area, please visit the following pages:

With related deaths reaching 22 (as of Saturday, 02-21-2015), Tennessee's state of emergency went from a level 3 to a level 2 (where 1 is the worst conditions). Our power went out around 3:30am Saturday morning and our home was only one of about 38,000 without power in our area, according to VEC (our local energy cooperative). As of last night, that number has been reduced to 7,500 still without power, including us. 

Although our home is still without power, I have so much appreciation and respect for our area linemen who have been working so hard to restore power to our area. There has not been once that I have been out and about over this week that I have not seen guys re-lining and putting up new poles...even when more snow came in Wednesday night. The crews from our phone/internet provider, Ben Lomand, were out first thing Saturday morning also, helping the electric crews as well as working on our phone/internet lines. The way these guys have pulled together is nothing short of amazing! Our phones and internet went down about an hour after our electricity did on Saturday morning, but Ben Lomand had us back online before Monday afternoon. WoW! 

While there are so many still without power, and most of us with a lot of work ahead of us as we work to get our homes repaired, our land cleaned up and our lives back to something that resembles "normal," please keep our area and those affected by this storm in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you!

Keep warm, stay safe and have a blessed day!

He says to the snow, 'Fall on the earth,' and to the rain shower, 'Be a mighty downpour.'
Job 37:6

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