Yesterday was a day for our “history” books. Having a tornado on the ground for 20 minutes, that passed only 1 mile or so north of us. Not a fun middle of the day activity. Trying to decide if we should head for the basement as the wind whipped fiercely outside our doors.
We were lucky. Minimal damage.
Four trees down along the property line. Three in a group. That just missed taking out one of our small towers in the side yard.
About an hour after the storm, we were out there chopping wood away from the guy wires. If we didn’t relieve the pressure, we could have had a tower come through our bedroom window.
Not great. But, we were lucky. No power outages. No damaged buildings.
Our local radio friends. Had some serious damage. W3LPL had a tower come down. He was in the direct path of the storm. Just last Saturday he had his annual open house, with his antenna tour.
Today. Not just antenna damage. But, a tower down.
We can’t get down his road to see if he needs anything. Their phones are messed up, and their cell service seems to be affected because we couldn’t get coverage out there. He was interviewed today on the local TV station, saying that they were lucky the tower fell away from the house.
Mother Nature is simply scary. In the blink of an eye, you can have a major mess to deal with.
As I said, we were lucky. And, I want to give my appreciation to the crews out there trying to put massive amounts of power lines back into service.
Everywhere we went today, during our multiple trips to the landfill, and surrounding areas (we had some weird detours trying to get there and back), we encountered dozens of trucks and workers, lifting wires and poles, cutting trees and clearing debris.
Burntwoods Rd this afternoon had at least 15 trucks trying to piece back together the poles taken out.
Hopefully, all will be calm for this weekend’s Amateur Radio Field Day. More on that in the next few days. As for now, we are just happy we have minimal mess.