We're sitting in the living room when the wind kicks up. We go to the west picture window and are watching. Soon one 40-50 year old cottonwood snapped and fell over.
Seconds later a second one went.
After we watched the fourth one fall, we looked at one another and said, "Do ya think we should take cover?"
Try rounding up 13 dogs and 6 cats and herding them to a safe place. We managed and everyone was accounted for with the exception of Edison.
The storm was very short-lived and we escaped without serious property damage.
Our trees are another story. We now have a clear view of the neighbor's house.
We lost a dozen large, old cottonwoods and another twenty had major limb damage from which they probably will not recover.
They fell like dominoes here.
I doubt that some of them will survive their wounds.
This gives a whole new meaning to topless!
These branches all came from the road...
...and even with them removed, the road still looks bad.
It was completely impassable. I started at my driveway and the neighbor started at his. We worked for over an hour just getting the big branches cleared.
It'll take me a lot longer to get the pastures cleaned up.
Our fence didn't fare too well ....
... but that's okay because it completely missed all of the vehicles.
Our kids had lots of stories to tell today. Several had trees on their houses and one child even had a fire. We were very, very fortunate. I'm claiming it's because I'm still not done painting the house. Had I been done, it would have wiped it out.