by Tammy on June 22, 2017

Hello! I’m sorry it’s been so long since I last posted. Things have been pretty hectic around here. For those of you who don’t know, on Friday, June 16th, my neighborhood was hit by and F2 tornado. I live in a wooded area, so there was substantial damage to many trees in the neighborhood. We lost two trees and many branches. Our house is still standing and intact save for some banged up gutters, a few damaged shingles on the roof, some broken flower pots, and busted fence slats. One of our trees, a 60 or 70 foot tall one with a trunk width of about 5 feet, fell across the neighbor’s yard and landed on his neighbor’s fence. The other tree, which was much smaller, landed on our next door neighbors’ roof. Fortunately it did not damage, but since it snapped in half, the trunk is halfway in the neighbor’s yard and half in ours. Tree trimmers are here now to cut it down, along with a dead limb that is hanging precariously above our house. Well, if it fell it would probably miss the house, but it would be close. Last night we heard a bang and went outside to find that another branch had fallen from the same tree and landed on our gate, breaking more fence slats.

The tree guys are also going to take out the trunk of the large tree. It was right on the border of our property and so big that we had to build our fence around it. Now that it is gone, Dan plans to move the fence to the border of our property, so we will have our whole yard now, which will probably be good for whoever buys our house.

So yeah, it’s been fun around here. I’ll include some pictures at the end of this post. The school I worked at received substantial damage and they had to move the last week of summer school to the middle school a mile or so from us. The house directly next door also received substantial damage. In fact, they had just put their kids to bed when they had to drag them back out of bed to go to the basement. Thankfully they did because the bedroom walls are gone. Many roofs have damage and many people last large trees–some were totally uprooted. The neighborhood is a lot sunnier now. Those who didn’t have large trees sustained relatively little damage, thankfully, and my area of the neighborhood was hit harder than most, but the subdivision just to our south and east was hit very hard. It is a newer subdivision with very few trees to take the brunt of the storm’s force, so the houses got it instead. It will be months before the neighborhood is back to normal. We still have a stack of branches in our driveway that we have to figure out how to haul away.

I have lived in the Midwest for most of my fifty years and I have never seen a tornado. I can still say that I have never “seen” a tornado. I mean, I did not see a funnel cloud. But I did experience being in the middle of one. I was standing in my kitchen watching the wind blow so hard that the trees were bending and rain was blowing sideways. I saw the large tree fall. I heard what sounded like hail hitting the roof and sides of the house, but were actually tree branches. Our front door blew open, our ears were popping because of the pressure changes, and there was the distinct train sound, but it was masked by the sound of the wind. Truthfully, though, I was oblivious to the fact that it was a tornado because even though I live in an area prone to tornadoes, I never thought I’d actually live through one. It was definitely surreal and now my memories of it are largely a blur. But mostly, I am thankful that no lives were lost. It could have been so much worse. An F2 is relatively minor. If I had to experience a tornado, I am thankful that it was this one. The tree canopy will eventually fill back in. People will plant new trees. We have insurance so our damages will be covered. We are blessed!

Our tree on the neighbor’s roof.

This is the small tree that fell on the neighbor’s roof.

This pile is actually much bigger than it looks.

It looks like it’s supposed to be there, but this is the branch that fell last night and busted up our gate.

This is the house next to the school. It is probably the hardest hit house in the neighborhood.

Lori June 23, 2017 at 11:50 pm

Tornadoes are so scary. We get a lot of them, not as bad as Oklahoma, but we get a lot. I am glad you did not have much damage to your house. Stay safe! ((BIG HUGS))!!

Susan June 24, 2017 at 12:39 am

So glad you are ok Tammy! I was working on my blog when you tagged me. I posted pictures of the grands at the beach. I am in one of them. Minnie got her staples out today but one area looked to be opening and we took her back and they glued it. Just when we thought we could take her collar off, we can’t. Our landscaping project should be done this week. I will post pictures in a few days. Hugs

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