Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Stormy Weather

Last night we had a gillywhomper of a storm. We had a tornado warning for our county and I heard the warning siren go off for the first time. I don't know where that one is located but I'll bet it's REALLY loud if you live close to it! I was praying hard that our Bradford Pear trees would not go down. Thankfully they did not! But as of this writing I can tell you that there are many that are on the ground in our county!! I drove around some today and oodles of them were down, or limbs broken off them. They are such a pretty tree but they cannot withstand the wind too much. A friend of mine that lives about 3 miles from us had her last one to fall and it's still blocking her back door. She said, "If I live to be 100, I'll never have another Bradford Pear tree!" This was the last of 10 that the wind has gotten. She also had a big pine tree fall onto her neighbor's house. It didn't do much in the way of damage but it's huge. On our road the only big thing I saw was this cedar tree that had fallen on this house. This is 4 doors down from us. When it fell it hit another tree and broke a huge limb off it and took it along for the ride, so they have a real mess. There's also electric lines under there. No one was home when it fell. That's probably a good thing. Can you imagine a tree like that falling on your house? I'd probably have to change my Hanes!!


Blogger 4evergapeach said...

Glad everything is ok for you. We had high wind advisories up here and even some snow falling. A little stuck but just a dusting. I thought we were done with Winter! I hope this is the last of it. I'm ready for warm temps, shorts, and the pool!

7:23 PM  
Blogger Marci said...

WOW, I am glad ya'll are OK. We had some wind, and it was snowing this evening. I don't know if any will stick or not.

7:28 PM  
Blogger Diane J. said...

Thank God you're safe and no damage at your place.

We had a tornado only 3 miles from us on Tuesday evening. Destroyed a business and some cars and tractor-trailers, but no injuries. It was pretty rough here, too, but no damage in my neighborhood that I know of.

8:08 PM  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Oh My Lordy! THAT is really scary Rachel...(I laughed with your line about changing your seriously, those treees falling all over the place---bot a good thing! I'm glad you didn't lose your Pear Tree, my dear....!

9:08 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Hi Rachel. I'm glad you're alright. Those wind storms are scary.
We just got out of Nebraska before the tornados came. They are scary too.
Our bradford pears trees aren't subject to storms like that here.

9:54 PM  
Blogger b13 said...

Glad you didn't have any damage. Now you have to help relocate the squirrels and birds from that tree :(

10:33 PM  
Blogger RC said...

yikes...that would be so scary.

definitly would be way scary to have a tree fall on your doubt! glad it didn't happen to you.

10:45 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

Hi Rachel, so glad to hear that the storm sort of went around you, we missed out on the tsunami that we had been warned of too, some others not so lucky in both cases.

11:47 PM  
Blogger PEA said...

Oh dear, thank GOD you're safe!! Strong winds can be so scary, especially knowing the damage they can cause! Hopefully no one was hurt by this storm!! We're having snow and strong winds here right now...winter has come back with a vengeance:-( Stay safe and take care my friend!! xoxo

5:09 AM  
Blogger Raggedy said...

I am so glad all is well at your house!
That must be so scary!
It is snowing and 3 below zero here today. I don't know when we will see spring.
Take care and stay safe!
Huggles and Love,

5:20 AM  
Blogger Tracey said...

Yikes, that was a close call for that house, wasn't it?

7:26 AM  
Blogger Sonia said...

I am so glad you are safe, dear Rachel! I agree with Naomi, that is really scary!

I hope you have a Happy and Lovely Easter!

8:39 AM  
Blogger FarmgirlCyn said...

SO glad you are safe and sound! We also live in tornado alley, but we mostly get "watches" lately...not a whole lot of "warnings". Thank God. As for right now, we were in the mid 70's last week, and we are now in the teens with 3" of new snow. AAAGGGHH

9:21 AM  
Blogger Ralph's Homespun Headlines said...

Glad you, your house, and your trees are alright. I heard the weather last night and thought about you guys.
DO NOT ever plant another Bradford Pear. Pretty in the Spring, but requires a lot of work throughout the year and they do not with stand any type of weather related problems.

11:54 AM  
Blogger TN said...

Oh, that is scary. I almost had to change my Hanes just looking at the tree on the house....LOL Glad you're okay!

2:55 PM  
Blogger "Early Bird" said...

Yumpin Yiminy Rachel!

4:10 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

Yee-ouch!!! Glad you're OK.

5:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we had alot of wind the last few days. We live just a half mile from a siren... and yes they are loud.

Glad you are safe.

6:50 PM  
Blogger Heart of Rachel said...

Hi Rachel. I'm sorry to hear about the storm but I'm glad that you're safe. We don't have tornado threats in our country and I imagine how scary it must be to hear a siren going off like that.

I'm glad that your Bradford Pear trees are also safe from harm. They must really be very special and precious to you. I'm sorry for the others that didn't fare so well.

Take care and wishing you well always.

7:37 PM  
Blogger Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

I am glad you came through the "gillywhomper" of a storm.

As one who loves unusual words you had be going: looking for the meaning of gillywhomper!!!.

I found it. I take it is an in family code word. I found its meaning in your June 6, 2006 blog entry. It is a made up word of your father's "Gilly Whomper". Your Dad seemed to be a great guy I could have enjoyed chatting with.

I hope you continue to use this wonderful sounding unique word.

7:37 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

yeah, we went through that one without a scratch. I'm glad you're okay.

I accidently deleted my blog(stupid me) so I'm at Sorry it's taken me so long to come and visit.

7:44 AM  
Blogger Kendra Lynn said...

wow...that is quite a storm to fell a tree like that! Thank goodness you are safe and well!
Have a wonderful Easter.


12:04 PM  
Blogger Deb said...

Good to hear you made it through safely. Have a lovely Easter.

1:03 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Oh my gosh...I would probably have to change my Hanes too!!!
I'm so glad that you & P are okay and that nothing fell around your home.
And it's just to bad for your neighbor who has lost all 10 of her Bradford pear trees. Don't plant Ash trees either...they also can't withstand strong winds. They snap very easily.

We can only hear the tornado and bad weather sirens if we are outside. And during bad weather we are usually inside and at the first sign of rain, the satellite tv signal goes out.

5:34 PM  
Blogger Cliff Morrow said...

I'm glad you survived and the tree did too. I have a Bradford Pear just outside the window where I sit a blog. I didn't know they couldn't withstand high winds.
Rachel, buy yourself a chainsaw and hire out to clean up limbs. $$$

7:25 AM  
Blogger Susie said...

That was some storm. Glad to hear you're safe. I can't believe the size of that tree.
Happy Easter to you and yours :)

8:08 PM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

You would have "laid a streak of brown" in those Hanes, as my Grandpa used to say.

What a picture!
VERY scary!!!!

5:54 PM  

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