It was a bright clear day, just three years ago. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky. I had come home from running errands. I went in the house and put my things away.
Within five minutes, it was black outside and the wind had kicked up. The trees were shaking and bending, while the windows rattled. Maggie ran to her favourite spot by the bay window; she loves to watch storms. Suddenly the rain was pouring from what seemed to be several directions. I was stunned! There was no report of bad weather on the radio.
As the winds howled, I went to look out of the bay window to see what was happening. Just as I looked out, our pine tree literally broke in half with a very loud cracking sound. The entire top half of the tree was now lying on its side. A soaking wet squirrel was running from the tree. He seemed to have a broken tail.
It wasn’t over yet. Lightning was flashing. Thunder roared. The wind was deafening. I heard strange cracking and creaking noises. The wind whipped trees as it continued breaking or uprooting them!
I went to look out the back door and watched as our neighbour’s tree fell onto our fence, taking out the entire western side of our yard. Out fence, garden and trees were destroyed. Other panels of fence, on the eastern side of the yard were left hanging in open sections.
Then, just as it began, it was over. The storm was gone. I went out to look around. It was silent, not a single sound. As I then took pictures, I began to hear distant sirens. Power lines were down; trees were broken and scattered throughout the neighbourhood.
Initially, we were told it was a micro-burst. We are in the direct path of many of these. They come from the west, on a direct path down the route through our area toward Lake Michigan. After further investigation of the wind speeds and damage, it was decided to be in fact a tornado that did not actually touch down.
It is important to be aware of the possibility that these can happen at any time. Be prepared. Stay alert. Have a plan. We were fortunate; it could have been worse. It was certainly bad enough.
Linked to: Pondering with a Purpose
Word Prompt: “Wind”
This is posted “late “because my husband came
home after six weeks on-the-road: priorities!