Thursday, June 16, 2011

Microburst - What a Storm!

Tuesday night we had a microburst. That is a storm that whips up 60+mph winds, lots of rain and hail. I was at a restaurant with a friend and we kept checking the weather on his Iphone. We were sitting next to windows and kept looking at the clouds. All of a sudden things started banging and wooshing. The front door was opening/closing so the staff locked it. And it monsoon rained. Whitney called from home (thank goodness she had made it there from the mall) and said it was a monsoon and hail there. The neighbor's tree in the back had split. The power was flickering. At the restaurant we got quarter sized hail.

Do not do this
And the roads flooded really bad. Tree limbs across the street came down and luckily missed a car. I knew I wasn't going anywhere for awhile so we ordered dessert. What else could we do? When we finally decided the road had gone down enough to drive through, I went home. We only missed really bad damage by a couple of blocks. I passed several large trees down.

Downtown building

There was a great deal of hail/wind damage downtown.

And about 1 1/2 mile from my house there were downed power lines. An apartment complex had its roof ripped off. We did lose a big branch on our front tree but we had power all night. About 1/3 of the town was without it. We didn't have cable or internet until lunch on Wednesday so we really didn't know what had happened other places.

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