We had lalapalooza of a thunderstorm last night. I was watching and have never seen such a powerful combination of wind and rain with hail. Upside is it may have blown all the 'hangers' (dead left over branches from the 2009 ice storm) down from the trees. They fall constantly, are a hazard and are a daily chore to pick up.
Downside, and I do mean "down" is several large trees on my property came down. Fortunately, no serious damage occurred. The big one in the pics stood about 90' from the back of the house. The top branches only brushed the house. Another ten feet closer and there would have been extensive damage.
Now, I have to limb it, cut it up, haul and have hauled away all the wood. Then I have to get the stump grinder guy back to get rid of the stump and hole in ground. I really love spending my SS check on stuff like that.
'Twas an exciting evening last night. I was watching a thrilling autopsy show on TV, phone kept ringing for the wife. Then the storm started. I lit a couple candles and not as a religious observance. Rounded up some flashlights, the crank power and battery operated radios and set back for whatever.
Then the power went out. Then I looked outside. There was enough lightening to see what was happening. Just then this big tree fell only feet from where I was watching through my office window.
When the rain abated I looked outside to see about starting the generator. (my wife likes it when the flush toilets work, we are on a well.)
I could see it would take some chain saw work to get to the generator. Uh-Oh! Power is out and that means the door on the garage (not the door in the pic, that is the shop) wouldn't open. And, the side people door was locked and I have no idea where the key is as we never use it. And, even if I had the key there is much 'stuff' piled against the door, lumber included, I wouldn't be able to open it. And the chainsaw is inside garage. I like being well prepared.
So, being wise an resourceful, I went outside for my final ablution of the day and went to bed. Wife stayed up with her flashlight after I told her three toilets with one flush each remaining should last her the next hour or so.
Amazingly, except for a dent in hood of truck, we sustained no damage. Insurance company inspector is coming anyway to make sure.
I have three oaks down, all fairly large. The one in pic has more than a 3' diameter trunk. I don't turn oak and don't want to, y'all are welcome to come help yerselves to all you want. Bring yer chainsaw.
Have ye ever read Tom Sawyer?