Zeus and I walked around the neighborhood and everything seemed normal. I checked in with the electric company with my cell phone and it looked like a huge area of my side of town, as well as several other areas in the city were without electricity.
I then got a text to walk further north. Wow. Normally, my wandering camera post would have shown summer flowers, but all of my photos for this month were taken a couple of days ago.
At six o'clock in the morning, a big burst of wind went down this neighborhood, knocking down branches and even huge trees. These trees fell on cars, houses, and power lines. There were several blocks that were affected.
House after house had signs of damage. This big tree went across both yards. There were many trucks in the area cleaning up debris and cutting down the broken branches. As you can see, a lot of the branches on this tree has already been trimmed.
Here you can see yards and sidewalks filled with branches, and in the back rows of trucks of the people helping with the storm damage.
The storm lasted just a few minutes, maybe five or ten minutes That's a lot of damage in such a short amount of time.
This tree is covering the driveway.
Here's a closeup of the sign by the driveway. I'm pretty sure that is not what they meant by that sign.
Here you can see some downed lines on both sides of the street.
Since I was not prepared for this photo opportunity, my camera ran out of battery. This was the last photo. In front you see a memorial for a child who died at this intersection a few years ago. The memorial is refreshed from time to time. Behind that is a city truck and behind that is the big power line that was downed and probably the cause of the outage. Even though this is a main busy street, I'm really surprised they kept this street open for cars to drive on.
When I got back, the power was up, which is amazingly quick due to the amount of damage. The National Weather Service has declared this event to be a tornado.