Friday, June 13, 2008

Photostory Friday


Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

I have a collection this week detailing the last two days.


Yesterday, I was sitting at the computer when all of the sudden the Tornado siren goes off scaring the bejesus out of me. I look out the window to see what's the deal and it starts hailing golf ball sized chunks of ice. Those white spots are hail stones. For those of you in non-tornado areas, generally speaking if the sky is green, there is no wind and it starts hailing like a mother, it is not a good sign.


This is some of the stones on our deck. Peanut Butter and I sought shelter at this point and wait for the all clear. It continues to rain. I should add it rained about 8 inches last weekend.


This is the sky out our back door before the second siren went off. The clouds were swirling and swirling. It was incredible to watch how fast they were moving, yet there was no wind. Peanut Butter and I took shelter again. J called about every 45 min from work to ask how much water was in the basement. Not nearly enough to call every hour asking about it. We ended up getting a couple big puddles which is minor considering we live 5 blocks from the next photo.


Today I went down to a bridge 5 blocks from our house. You might have to actually click on this one to appreciate how far the river has flooded. There normally is about 4-5 feet of grass and another 2 feet of rocks from the river to the what I believe is a 5 ft tall chain link fence. You can't see it from this angle but one of the houses has an above ground pool in their yard and well, the water is lapping at the top of it. On Tuesday after all the rain we had last weekend the yards were just starting to take a little water, and there were people fishing on the rocks of the building side.


This is the other side of the bridge. The building that is in the middle of the photo which looks like the river is running right into, which it is, is actually on these pylon structures and the river normally flows underneath it. All of the businesses that these buildings hold have now been closed by law enforcement which think the structures may be compromised by all of the water. The front of the building in the middle is starting to buckle inward. They have blocked of the road in front of that building tonight, and I think it may not be there tomorrow. I believe the first brick one on the right was on the news tonight having been deemed unsafe before any of this happened.

16 comments:

beth said...

That looks like quite a storm! I have never seen anything like it here in MA.

Glad you are safe and dry.

jules said...

Wow. Weather is so strange. What is the norm for one place is almost like science fiction to another. Glad you guys are OK.

Cecily R said...

Oh WOW! That is amazing. I'm glad your family is okay and that your house generally came out unscathed. Great shots. I'm certain you'll be glad you documented it all!!!

Fantastic PSF...that is quite a story!!!

MamaGeek said...

Oh. WOW. This is just downright scary. We live in the midwest too and have had massive flooding. I'm so glad you are safe. Thanks for playing PSF - this was an AWESOME addition!

Toni said...

Wow! What a storm! I am lucky to have never experienced such weather although my ILs just had a tornado rip through. Glad you are okay!

April said...

holy crap that's a lot of water! So glad you only have a puddle in your house!!

Driving With the Brakes On said...

I have been thinking about you this week with all that nasty weather. I am so glad that your home hasn't been badly damaged and that you are all safe!

(Where in WI are you? My Dad's mom and sister live in Fond du Lac - we were just up there in October, and if Great Grandma has her way, we will be back again soon!)

Working mum said...

Wow! I can't imagine what it must be like living in a tornado area. That picture of the sky is scary enough!

Pinky said...

HOLY MOLY!!
Glad you are safe!
I've never seen anything like that where I live. Wow.
We get hale, and it is hell, but that rain, eiy, yi, yi!

Be safe!

jessica said...

oh man! i'm glad you are all right! that is freaky! nature is something else.

Chuck said...

Gosh I hope you stay safe. I grew up in this weather so be careful. Hey, thx for your visit...*huggies* (a/k/a Rhonda)

Amy said...

Yikes! I am glad you are safe. =)

Flea said...

My goodness! We've had our fair share of tornado sirens since we moved to Tulsa, as well as some lovely golf ball sized hail, but not that kind of flooding. Glad you're safe!

Helmey said...

Holy crap!!!!Great pics of skirry stuff...I remember the midwest...

Cassandra said...

OMG-- Glad you were safe!

imbeingheldhostage said...

Holy cow. What terrible weather the states are having! Your pictures are really amazing, I'm glad to have found your blog!