On Tuesday, 8-05-08, the remnants of Tropical Storm Eduardo reached our neighborhood on the outskirts of San Antonio. Weather has always fascinated me so I get happily excited when something is going on out side. Giant quarter sized rain drops began to fall, then a torrential down pour and then some hail. I watched as the trees went crazy in the wind. I'd never seen anything like that except on the news. I know I should have been scared but I wasn't.
Next thing I know, all I could see was white. I literally couldn't see across the street or even across the yard. I later found out that what I was watching was probably what is called a wet tornado. I'm told their not as dangerous as a regular tornado because they touch down and then lift. But you can't see or hear them coming because it's raining so hard. Anyway, it was all over in a very short time. I took a drive around my neighborhood and found that a lot of people either had damage to their trees, or lost them altogether.
Most of the damage was along the South end of my street. I drove around the rest of the neighborhood, but there was hardly any damage on other streets. I was so sad to see these big oak trees downed. They were beautiful and I'm sure the owners are heart broken over it.
I only have five smallish oak trees in my front yard, and feel very blessed that they withstood the rain and wind. But more importantly, my whole neighborhood was blessed that only trees were damaged. There was no damage to homes and thankfully no one was injured.