I am thankful.
About noon today a severe storm system that nobody saw coming (at least not initially) ripped a wide swath of destruction across Eastern Iowa.
Son and I were just starting to pour a footing for a retaining wall when the homeowner came over and asked if our phones had alerted us to a major storm that was heading our way. It hadn’t. She pulled up the weather channel , it said we had about 30 minutes before it would be on top of us.
It was packing wind speeds of 100 mph (160 kilos). Not to mention, the neighborhood we were working in was surrounded by large trees.
We were able to finish the pour, and get on the road about 10 minutes before it hit.
I have never in my life experienced anything quite like it.
Found out tonight this kind of a storm is called a Derecho (which means straight in Spanish/ as in straight line winds.
We pulled next to a gas station and watched power line poles snap, shingles get ripped off the apartment building across the street. The winds lasted at least 45 minutes, and when it came time to try to get home, most of the streets in the area, were blocked by downed trees, and power lines.
Saw two of these large metal high power lines in a twisted heap, with wires across the highway.
Photo compliments of google
Once we finally got out of the city, we saw (3) overturned semis, metal grain bins, twisted and blown onto the highway, and lots, and lots of mature trees down.
The cornfields in the path of those winds were a total loss
(grabbed this off FB tonight):
Neighbor said she’d heard 40 some cell towers were down in our area. I can believe it.
Pulled this off the news channel this morning:
We were working about 45 minutes away from home, and our town was in the path of the storm. I told my son, that if our place was hit, there was no doubt in my mind, the 3 bee hives were going to be blown over. I have one of them cinched together with a strap, and the other two smaller ones, just have a large rock on the top to keep the lid from blowing of. No way in the world they would have been able to withstand a 100 mph sustained winds.
As we got closer to home, I could see, some of the corn fields had been spared, and by the time we were within 10 minutes of home, I was pretty sure (somehow) the storm had went around us.
Talk about mercy…
As we passed our third overturned semi we saw a deputy directing traffic.
I looked at my son and said,
And to think there are people who want to dismantle law enforcement….
“They are a bunch of dumb a@#’s!