So a couple of weeks ago I complained about the crazy wind we'd had here. Well I now know that was literally nothing compared to today, without doubt the worst winds in my almost 5 years here!
This was the sight that met me when I got home today!
A big branch had snapped off our huge Cottonwood tree and hit one of the back fence panels knocking it out into the alley behind.
Typically the whole mess happened in front of our gas main/meter which was hit, so we had to call out the gas company to give us the all clear. Two planks were ripped out of the panel by the strength of the wind!
One of the branches snapped clean off, and we can't even see where it came out of the tree.
This picture gives NO IDEA of the 60mph wind gusts we were fighting as we made this repair. At one point I was leaning on the panel holding it in place, when another gust tipped me and it over the gas meter again. Luckily the Hubster arrived just in time to save me from being squashed under it!
It took us about 90 minutes to fight it back into place!
But we were the lucky ones! There was a widespread tornado outbreak southeast of us around Oklahoma City, an estimated 10 tornado touchdowns. This monster tornado was captured by one of the news helicoptors, from 3 miles away!
This was a mobile home park that was more than 2 miles from the actual tornado. All this damage was caused just by the inflow (the winds being sucked into the tornado) where wind speeds were thought to be over 90mph! So to reiterate this wasn't even in the tornado path and it was destroyed - very very scary!
Tragically there have been 5 fatalities, 40 homes totally flattened and another 40 damaged. But also a miracle - 100 people got into the cooler at a Loves Truck Stop which was totally destroyed, they all survived.
You can't help but be in total awe of natures power living here in Okieland! But without any doubt we also have the best weather reporting in the world (deservedly & justifiably!), and today they undoubtedly saved many lives with their accuracy and excellent early warnings.