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Old 09-15-2008, 08:12 PM   #21
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Whew! I'm back. What a wild ride!!! The last 40 hours have been beyond description.

Ike came through here very early Sunday morning. Winds 48 to 81 mph. Power went out at 8 a.m. Sunday. Just came on a few minutes ago...almost 36 hours exactly.

When I stepped out of the front door early yesterday morning, it looked like a war zone on my street. There was no way a vehicle, let alone a person on foot, could've gone up or down the street. Trees were down everywhere and power lines were tangled like so much spaghetti.

I lost a huge limb from a pin oak. I heard, and felt, it hit the ground in the side yard. Lost lots of pieces of our 5 pecan trees. The driveway was covered with tree limbs and "drifts" of leaves blown off the trees.

Within an hour there was a cacophony of chainsaws, along with the sound of diesel engines from bulldozers and backhoes as the city crews worked to clear the streets so the power crews could do their work.

Later in the afternoon, I saw several flatbed trailers loaded with huge Caterpillar generators. Not sure where they were headed but the power "situation" was/is definitely serious here. There are still people here without power and may not have it for another day or two.

By late last night the our city and county were declared to be in a state of emergency/disaster area. 911 center wasn't even able to function.

When I was able to get out this morning, I drove the short distance to the shop to see how it fared and how our shop kitty, Julie, was doing. Shop and kitty were fine...just in the dark.

Main street (Front Street) was a mess, as was everything on the route I traveled to and from the shop.

Other parts of town/county have trees down, roofs off houses/barns, porches ripped off, tobacco barns flattened, power lines in snarls, cornfields trashed, you name it...it's torn up. It'll take months, perhaps a year to clean up and/or recover from this.

I've never seen anything like this and I've endured several tornadoes. All I can say is, "What a mess!"

The one silver lining I found was that, in the total darkness last night, the full moon was awesome.

Glad it's over.

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Old 09-15-2008, 08:29 PM   #22
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Katie, I'm so glad you are OK. The media has not talked about your area still focusing on Texas I guess.

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Old 09-15-2008, 08:31 PM   #23
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kate, i am so glad you weren't hurt. and glad as well for the others that weren't hurt
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Old 09-15-2008, 08:38 PM   #24
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Glad to hear you're back up and running!
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Old 09-15-2008, 09:21 PM   #25
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It was windy windy windy. Sustained winds here were 40 m.p.h with gusts up to 60 m.p.h. My power only went out for maybe 5 minutes. However schools were closed today due to power outages and problems with transportation.
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Old 09-15-2008, 09:32 PM   #26
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So glad to here everyone is okay. It's been a heck of a year. And the season isn't over yet.
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Old 09-15-2008, 09:43 PM   #27
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To Katie and everyone the terrible storm has touched...I'm glad you're all okay and the monster is on the way out..You have my prayers for a quick recovery and clean up..Stay warm and dry and know you're thought of with warm thoughts.
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Old 09-15-2008, 09:48 PM   #28
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where is it now? did it die out??

Glad damage was minimal for everyone, and every one is safe!!
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Old 09-15-2008, 11:45 PM   #29
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AS for moving to Seattle no thanks I live in Tacoma for 1 1/2 yrs. allways wet or fogged in hardly ever saw the sun shine. Kate-E so very glad you are all right. you are all ways in my prayers. stay out of the mess let the men fo;lk help clean up
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Old 09-16-2008, 01:04 AM   #30
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and Chicago got the rain. It rained Saturday and Sunday in Chicago more than it has ever rained in the history of the weather bureau, and all the rivers, streams and canals overflowed. In some neighborhoods they were boating down the streets.

Cars were submerged up to the roofs at the Pratt Ave underpass on the Edens Expy.

My cousin's basement was flooded to the ceiling in a northern suburb...

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