Two nights ago (Dec. 14-15, 2006), the
A few times I quickly ran outside to check the roof as it sounded like it was peeling off, no problems found. Each time, it was awesome to see the Oak grove taking a full pounding and the little conifers being hammered. The boys sat quietly and listened; it was obvious that they knew things were bad outside. Every time I went out, they followed me to the door and then eagerly greeted me home, with a soft meow saying “that was stupid,… stay inside.” We had to lock down their cat door because the wind was so strong, it was holding the door full open, the boys wanted nothing to do with it.
The power flickered a few times, then it went out for only about 1.5-2hrs, those power-line crews are amazing!! Luckily, we have all of our lights wired so that we can flip a breaker and run them off a solar charged battery back-up. The family huddled down, read and stretched. First thing Friday morning I got up and took an inventory of the damage to the property, then went for a short run to see how our neighbors fared. There were many large trees down, lots of debris on the roads, our neighbor's yard was full of his asphalt roof shingles, I saw at least one outbuilding crushed by a fallen oak, and the Mary's river was right up to the bottom of the Bellfountain bridge deck. At work we had several panes of glass out in the 6th floor greenhouse and there were many trees down on campus.
We came away with very little damage. Our driveway gate had been blown down, but the pole was rotted off above the concrete anyway, some of our conifers were leaning, the bird feeders were ripped from their poles, and there was garbage blown around. Other than that, we came out in pretty good shape.
The winds were ripping outside,
for a few minutes but seemed very unsettled.
They soon snuggled down in a more secure/comfy place.
Friday morning, the winds were down and
and runs to check the status of his cat-nip patch.