Windy

Last Thursday night, our sleep was uneasy.  Sylvia and I could hear the howling winds that buffeted our house. We took comfort in the steel roof that covers the old asphalt shingles.  (We’ve had them blown off before.)

Friday mid-afternoon while the wind continued unabated, the power went out, but was restored in a few seconds.  Then shortly before 4 PM, the power went off and stayed off.  About 20 seconds later, our emergency power generator turned on and we had electricity again.

I went online to the power company website and saw that our area had already been reported without power.  By bedtime, the website estimated that power would be restored by Sunday . . . 6 PM.

Friday night, strong winds continued to shake our house.  After the previous night, we slept better . . . if only because we were so tired.

Saturday morning, the power company website still estimated Sunday 6 PM for power restoration to our neighborhood.  Several additional areas in our vicinity were now reported as being without power.

That morning as I did a visual inventory of our property, I was looking for wind damage.  Lots of small branches littered the ground.  That’s not unusual.  It happens every winter.

Then, I saw a downed tree.  With camera in hand, I went to access damage.

The stump is a bit over six-feet high.

The stump is a bit over six-feet high.

The main trunk was mostly dead wood.  I found a better angle to document the incident.

Pity that it didn't break into "stove lengths."

Pity that it didn’t break into “stove lengths.”

Power was restored around 3 PM on Saturday.  Color us happy campers.

Next step is to contact the tree service.  Unfortunately, Mike’s phone is “temporarily out of service.”

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About Chuck

I am retired after a career in electronics and in publishing. Today, my wife of 50+ years, Sylvia, and I live in a house on a hill beside a dirt road in rural west Michigan. We enjoy living in this country environment where livestock and wild life out number the human population.

10 thoughts on “Windy

  1. The wind was strong, wasn’t it? We suffered no damage other than my favorite bird bath was smooshed by the neighbor’s fence coming down on it. :(

    Glad you are safe and sustained no damage. I don’t like the wind–it is soooo dangerous and scary!

    • The wind was very strong. Because we live on this [slight] hill we catch a lot of it.

      Sorry about the bird bath. Fortunately, it can be replaced.

    • Our four closest neighbors all have standby generators. Folks who live in rural areas learn the value of being prepared.

      The wind was powerful, but that tree was half dead.

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