Friday, May 9, 2008

Ten Years to the Day!

Last night as I shut things down and went to bed, a storm rolled through. Turns out, it wasn’t just any storm. It was a tornado. Now such events don’t happen often around here. According to the weather service it’s every 10 to 20 years. Well, our event occurred exactly ten years to the day from the last tornado to hit our neighborhood…only it hit about six hours later than the one ten years ago.

Of course, in places where there are not many tornados, you don’t have a very good warning system. If you happen to be watching TV, listening to local radio or have “Desktop Weather” from the Weather Channel on your computer, you have a chance of being warned. If not, then you might be screwed. We got lucky again. For us, just some downed dead tree limbs…limbs I was planning on pruning anyway.

Some neighbors got it worse…trees uprooted…and I mean BIG oaks that were about 150 to 200 years old. Yet our immediate neighborhood got off relatively light this time, unlike ten years ago. The tornado was on an “up skip” when it passed. Just west of us across the Yadkin river in Davie County, the tornado had touched down. Early reports are at least seven houses destroyed and cars and trucks that were on Interstate 40 in that area were tossed, so they are still notifying next-of-kin and assessing those injuries. As of this writing, I-40 West is still closed due to the tractor trailer jammed up under the overpass.

But hey! Starbucks is open for business this morning. Seems they have a generator. Everything else is closed due to lack of power. Oh yeah, I’m writing this to post later, currently on battery power. We got our youngest off to school…the school also has generators.

After skipping over our neighborhood, the tornado touched down briefly in Winston-Salem between the two hospitals. The next touchdown was in Kernersville and Greensboro. And that is where the most damage occurred. Luckily, the area was primarily businesses that were closed at the time it hit. Radio reports are sketchy at this time, but the area was pretty much flattened. Once the power comes back on and I can power things up, I’ll have a better idea of things.

The temptation is to get in the car and go take pictures, but I’ve got some minor messes to clean up and it isn’t wise to interfere with emergency crews.

After a pause here, the power came back on at 8 AM, so we only had to endure ten hours without power. This was very important since Demon Dog otherwise had to be confined to the house. No power meant no electric containment system which meant Demon Dog only had to penetrate two instead of three layers of obstacles to “breach containment”, which he did first thing this morning while it was still dark.

Oh well, time to do the minor cleanup outside…before it warms up too much.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

I'm Working on it Already!

Honestly, I am working on it. Been busy...real busy...but tomorrow looks like it will be a good day for writing. Thanks to all those who wondered and asked. But right now I'm going to bed!