A tornado touched down in my neighborhood last Wednesday. This was what remains of our neighbor's shed. It is wooded where we live, with very large trees. Branches broke off and impaled themselves into the ground.
It all happened so quickly. I was in the car with my daughter when it got very dark and the car was rocked by the wind. We were frantically trying to get home to meet the boys off the bus, but every road we turned down was blocked by fallen trees and wires. Luckily, they got into the house safely and we arrived home a few minutes later.
This gives you an idea of the scale of the trees that came down. That's Maddy in the corner.
Power outages closed schools for two days. On Thursday, with nothing to do inside, the kids ran around outside all day playing adventurous games and checking out the damage. Wednesday night, all the neighbors came to our house for Chinese food in candlelight. Last night, we went to their house and grilled burgers and dogs by the campfire. When the lights flickered on at 4 a.m., I hopped up and turned everything off and went back to sleep, full of relief that I won't have to endure another day with no power (and no plumbing as we have well water). What a fun adventure it's been!
Added later...I let the kids take the camera around to shoot some photos and these were taken by them. It's fun to see their perspective, plus it was nice and quiet at home while they were out talking to our neighbors to get their first hand accounts of the story...