Things were very nasty here Friday...at 4:30 PM the 90+ mph wind gusts took down "over 1000 trees" according to local officials..the reports started coming in about 1 pm,and soon every major highway and all the "back roads" used as detour routes were all closed off ,due to downed power lines and trees...
Most of the local schools stayed open too,so all the students on buses were out in the worst of it--some didn't get home until 9 pm!...seemed like after every time the wind started making that "freight train" sound,then the windows started whistling,the police scanner would start going off like crazy --"Trees down on this road,trees laying on power wires--wires down,on fire--transformers exploding"....the local police soon found themselves very short handed and stretched to thin,to cover all the traffic diversions and road closings..
The stretch of Rt.44 not a mile from my house had 6 poles come down,some landed on cars,and stranded dozens there for hours--soon as that road was closed,my street became the "alternate route"--until a large tree at my next door neighbors house was blown over (snapped the 12" trunk like a toothpick!),and it landed squarely on a pole with three transformers on it,about 4:30 pm..
Immediately I heard a loud low HUMMMMMMMM,the wires on the pole turned orange in front of my mail box and came apart with a loud "BOOOM",and instantly the wire arced on the ground ,it was so hot despite monsoon rain coming down,it started a small brush fire,and the wire laid there arcing for at least 15 minutes before the power company made it here to shut it off--it smoked a good hour after the power was cut off,and all the dirt was melted into a glass like substance!..
Of course my power went off the minute that cable melted--and stayed off all night,didn't get it back on until 6 pm Saturday...people that were being diverted due to that wire had to use MY driveway to turn around,and several inconsiderate (censored) decided making a 3 point turn was too difficult,so the just pulled in my driveway and id a 180--ON MY LAWN,leaving deep ruts..while the cop ignored them and did nothing,he also guided at least 3 school buses in my driveway to turn around,and a few 10 wheeled trucks..was lucky none too out my mail box!..
My roof lost a lot more shingles,the cement "cap" on my chimney has been partly blown off,(and I had to use the wood stoves to keep warm friday night,which was a risk,but I didn't have much choice)...that widow maker tree leaning over my quonset hut also was blown free of the other 2 trees it was hung up in and started to fall,luckily that chain I rigged up across the 2 trees in front of it "caught" it,and kept it from hitting the building,now its only about 2 feet above the roof though,and getting it cut down without harming the building will be challenging..
Several large tree branches just missed crashing on my van and the caravan parked off to the side of the driveway--had I not moved my pickup that morning,it would have at least a busted windshield!...my furnace started leaking water after it cooled down to room temp when the power went off and soaked the floor some,water dripped out of an air vent bleeder valve above the "bladder tank"--after it was back on and run awhile it stopped dripping and dried up again--not sure if thats "normal" or not..
I should go out there today and start picking up all the debris,and see if I can fix those ruts in the lawn...yesterday it was still gusting over 50 mph here so I decided to wait..
According to the NWS,several nearby towns had winds gusting over 90 mph--I believe it,the destruction here is pretty stunning,I have been looking at some Facebook pages and it looks like a tornado came thru here...
Some pictures I took--and one other I pirated online..sorry mine did not come out too great..that wire was shooting out bolts of lightning about 10 feet long,you can see one in the picture coming out of a nearby tree..it sounded like the worlds biggest arc welder lying there for 15 minutes.."ZAAAUUHHHGGGTTT!"..
..it was pretty scary those 2 days,friday night especially,with the wind still howling and no power..
I rigged a scanner up to a car battery and used it to power an AM/FM boom box I have,but there was NO info on the radio at all about the storm,only the police scanner provided some info on how many roads were closed and the thousands of downed trees and wires--I was lucky I was only off for 26 hours,some here wont get their power back until Wednesday or later!..(and another Nor'Easter is predicted to hit then too,though hopefully not as severe as this storm was...the flooding at the coasts was incredible also..