This past weekend, our little town- or should I say street was shaken up by a funnel, tornado, or ‘downbursts’ (we weren’t sure because thankfully we weren’t home). Luckily everyone in our neighborhood was safe and our street only suffered somewhat minor damage.
We had heard through a friend of ours that there was a funnel cloud spotted near our home. We weren’t home at the time but he sent us the above picture.
Thinking little of it as we drove home (through some blinding strong rain). As we pulled up, immediately I noticed a pine tree down in our yard.
Upon inspection, we noticed the tree landed on an unused cable wire.
Our power was out for a couple hours. It’s interesting how much you appreciate the small luxuries until they’re gone. Thankfully we’re stoked up on flashlights and candles. We were also lucky to have transferred all our extra frozen items to our regular fridge’s freezer the week before (the shelves needed cleaning). It ended up being a huge asset as it kept all our frozen foods colder enough until the power resumed.
Our next door neighbors weren’t quite as lucky. The pine tree closest to their home landed directly on their roof. The tree pierced through one of their children’s bedroom. The kids were home but were safely on the first floor when the tree crashed onto their house.
Instead of working on our original projects, and hosting a get together- we were busy clearing away our pine.
Interestingly enough the prior weekend we were working on trimming back some of these trees. We had ‘tagged’ it’s sickly-too-close brother to take down later this season. Which means we’ll be planting a baby pine to fill the awkward gap come, May- feel free to visit this old yard post and check out the line of trees for reference.
Within walking distance, an elementary school wasn’t quite as lucky either as the roof collapsed and the awning blew to pieces.
And on the other side of our block a small shed blew across the street and also blew to pieces.
Our town’s yard waste opened their gates special for us, so we used the opportunity to clean up our yard from the harsh winter.
I guess Mother Nature works her magic in mysterious ways. And did I mention we woke up to a thin blanket of snow this morning… guess that’s what you get for living in the unpredictable-Wisconsin (where we’re known to wear/bring layers of clothes during afternoon outings).
It totally could have been far worse for our little neighborhood and we’re extremely lucky we were all safe. How was your weekend? Did you do anything unexpected?