Well, as we are looking at this, we lose power and the tornado sirens go off. Hmmm--everyone to the basement as fast as you can go! We get our flashlights on and turn on the radio trying to figure out what is up. You can hear the wind and hail coming before it hits. It was hailing so hard and the winds were so strong, we were screaming at each other just to be heard. It was deafening.
We did not have a tornado, just (ha--JUST) straight line winds with gusts up and over 80 mph. The rain and hail appeared to be falling horizontally (instead of vertically like it should). It was coming at the houses with a lot of force. We had marble sized hail and a lot of it. The way the wind and rain came down, we got a little water at the sliding glass door in the basement. We thought that was the extent of our damage.
Below is Nathan playing in the water in his fireman raincoat. He's ready to help anyone who needs assistance! You can see our neighbor's tree limb down. The other picture is of our former house. We went to check on it to make sure all was well before we close on the sale of it. Lost a large limb in front. Didn't hit a house or driveway, so not a big deal. Just hard work to get it cut and cleaned up.
Clothing donation house at school tumbled two to three times and landed upside down. Then check out one of the trees in our area. If you look, you'll see the left half is normal and the right half lost most of the leaves.
Here are some trees that were twisted in the wind and snapped. I hate to see so many trees down!