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Friday I worried about tomatoes. Then, this derecho hit. What in the world is a derecho? Not something we want to see again.

We lost two trees. And power. Others are in much worse shape. We had almost no warning, as we did not expect this at all. Before we could even react and pull down antennas and batten down the hatches, the power went off. 11 PM Friday night.

Saturday, no power. We cut down trees and tried to stay cool.

Lots of downed trash trees, aka Tree of Heaven. They are leaning down all over our property line. Breaking off whenever the wind picks up.

Without power, we had no water. Flushing toilets. Not happening without the help of water from our neighbor’s pool. Buckets of it.

Water is precious when you are on a well.

We were lucky. Lots of houses still without power. Glenelg hit hard. Huge trees down.

When our power came back Saturday night at 10 PM, you could hear cheering through the open bedroom windows. Of course, now, one AC unit crashed and burned. Compressor won’t start. At least the upstairs unit is working. ESA will get called tomorrow. Wonder how long until they get here?

I hate derechos.


About AnnieRie

Retired, I am following my dream of living in quiet west Howard County, a rural oasis, not far from the urban chaos, but just far enough. I love to cook, bake, garden, and travel. I volunteer at Howard County Conservancy. I lead nature hikes, manage programs and show children all the wonders of nature, and the agricultural connection to their food.

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