was fun. *cough*
Brian had to head over to the main branch around 2 yesterday to be there while the electricians put in more air conditioning to the computer room. For the first time in ever *rolls eyes* he doesn't take his hand held HAM radio. So, when the weather started taking a turn to the scary, he wasn't aware of the severity. I turned on the HAM radio here to listen to the Genesee weather net. Not good for the nerves, but great for actual first person experiences.
When they said that there was a possibility of 4" hail (north of us, it got as big as ping pong ball size), I called him to tell him. He says "cover my tractor," to which I replied "Cover my MIATA!!!" heh...we all have our priorities.
A few moments later, I'm getting a little nervous. The net is reporting all of the stations are evacuating to basements and safety zones, I start closing all the windows. I've already put the animal cages by the top of the stairs, along with a flashlight. When the net says that they are looking at rotating clouds and a falling ceiling on Atherton, right where Brian is working, I call him to make sure he's in the basement there. No. No he's not. He's outside taking cell phone pictures.
I hang up and tell him that I'm going to take cover. At that point, I hear my neighbor, Doug, outside with his leaf blower. I run out, waving my arms to get his attention. The power at this point is fluctuating and our house alarm is triggered. I tell him a storm is almost on us and to get inside. I dash back over as I start to hear a growling in the sky (he confirmed he heard it as well). By the time I got inside and to the alarm, it hit. I grabbed animals and bolted downstairs.
It lasted only about 10 minutes, but the winds sheer was between 70 & 80 mph. When I came back upstairs, there was debris everywhere. Some limbs as thick as three fingers. One 18' piece was speared into the lawn. I wandered out front and the neighbors were doing the same. The power was out and we started hearing generators firing up. We talked for a bit, shared knowledge of what resources we had in case the power outage was going to last.
The air cooled pleasantly, but I had no way to get the hot, muggy, sticky air out of the house. Brian got home around 6:30, safely, and we headed out for dinner and some time in the bookstore. It looked like a battle zone down our street. There were a lot of 40' - 50' trees down or partially over and blocking drives. We drove around lots of debris in the street. There were lots of spots between us and Great Lakes Crossing that were without power and traffic lights. We ate at Across the Border, which was as busy as a Friday night from weather refugees. We got back about 9 and got some candles going. We ended up falling asleep to the battery powered radio around 11.
I woke up at 4 to the sound of generators and sticky heat. About an hour later (4:57am) the power came back on. We're part of the lucky ones.
Oh, and yesterday was the 55th anniversary of the F5 tornado that came through just north of here, and earning it's place as the 9th deadliest tornado to date.