||[17 Aug 2007|08:34am]
Summary of what Pat did for the better part of a week:
At 3 AM early Saturday (11th), a really strong thunderstorm came through my area and did unhappy things. In Bloomington, there was a swath of blocks that got hit by a 70-80 mph wind gust which took out dozens of trees all over, and hit power lines in several places. I heard the wind, went to the window, and then the power went out. It was quite a storm even after that, with heavy rain and lots of lightning. My mom, my aunt, and I started finding candles and things until morning.
We went out in the morning and checked out the damage. Trees were across streets all over, and three trees in our yard were significantly damaged: a tree in our front yard got nearly uprooted and was leaning almost all the way over, a huge pine in the backyard got broken in half and the top went flying into the neighbor's fence (and took out the cable), and another large tree in the back lost a third of its large branches. The wind had also picked up our grill and tossed it ten feet, flipped over a table, and strewn chairs everywhere.
Pictures of damage are here.
Spent most of Saturday morning playing cards and such, but as I'd been up all night, I slept for a few hours in the middle of the day. It was around 90 degrees outside, but the leftover cool from the air conditioning combined with my room being in the basement kept it bearable. That evening, another storm came through (shown in the video on the damage page), although it was further north and didn't give any rain... just a spectacular lightning show and a 20 degree drop in temperatures! Also, my mom got some coolers and ice during the day to protect most of the food from spoiling, and got some lanterns and batteries as well. Saturday night was mostly spent listening to the weather radio. As it got dark, there wasn't much to do other than going back to sleep.
On Sunday it was warming up in the house, but kept from being too bad by the storm the previous evening. There was almost nothing to do all day. I think that's the day a couple neighbors offered to cut down the fallen trees, and we accepted. Other than that it was rather boring. That night as we went to bed for lack of anything to do, it was really difficult to sleep.
On Monday, it was getting hot again. Everyone was complaining about the heat, and we decided to go to my uncle's that evening. He owns a small apartment building, and one of the apartments was vacant. My cousin and my mom got the apartment set up while I tried to entertain my grandma. We all headed over, and tried to settle in. However, as we arrived, the air conditioner started being less and less effective, eventually dying out entirely. My mom, my aunt, and I went back home as my cousin watched my grandma, and we got things we had forgotten. As we came back, a line of storms came through hard. Reports of three inch hail came from near our house, and the rain was coming down at a rate of two inches per hour. As the storm left, we tried to sleep, but it was getting increasingly hot in the apartment, and my grandma was very disorientated. My mom decided it was best to bring her home, since it was about the same temperature, and she'd be in familiar surroundings. My aunt went with. I stayed the night in my uncle's apartment, watching TV and chatting with him.
Tuesday morning was mostly me sleeping. I woke up around noonish and watched some more TV for a few hours, until I got the call I'd been waiting for: the power was back on! It was 4 PM, and it had been 85 hours since it went off. A few hours later, my mom arrived, and we packed up what we'd left in the apartments and headed home. Everyone was thrilled to be home, with lights and air conditioning, and we all slept well that night.
On Wednesday, we heard that the cable company wouldn't be able to fix the cable (and therefore the Internet) until next Sunday. However, my cousin came over and re-attached the line to the pole himself in about an hour.
:O And that's about it!