Suddenly we could not see through our windshield, so much rain, it seemed like bucket after bucket was being dumped. Then the trees, leaves, branches, whole gigantic trees started falling all around us as we crept along in our van. I was so frightened. I remember stretching out both arms-as if to hold the trees off of our car-and just yelling out a prayer to God. "Please Lord, please keep these trees from falling on us, please keep these trees from falling on us!!" My children knew I was scared and they quickly became frightened as well. I turned to the back with a fake smile, "Just pray to God to protect us...He hears us when we pray!!" And pray we all did...right up to when we pulled in the driveway.
It was hailing now and blowing so so so so hard. I opened to door and jumped out of the van, wanting to grab my baby girl as quickly as I could. The moment I was out of the van fear gripped me in a new way. The wind felt like the scene from Wizard of Oz...the part when Dorothy is trying to get into her house and the twister is coming up the road. It seriously felt like that. Hail was pounding against me and it hurt. I started shaking and I yelled to Nate to get the other two kids fast!! I grabbed Vera and she was immediately crying from the pain of the wind and hail hitting her. We rushed inside and realized we had lost power, we rushed to the basement...I was sure it was a tornado. But it wasn't.
Just 5 minutes later the storm was over. Just a storm. A storm with 100+ miles per hour wind, hail and rain. A storm that knocked down so many trees you literally could not find a single street that was not lined with tree branches or entire fallen trees. The power lines were snapped or dangling and everywhere was without power. I will never forget this storm or the damage it caused.
Tonight is Thursday, this happened on Sunday and it is the first time I have had power in my house since that storm. The weather here has been in the upper 90's...even reaching into the 100's. Not the best time to be without power. Insanity. Sheer insanity. Here are a few shots I took right after the it first hit.