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Saturday, August 9, 2008

Tropical Storm Eduardo

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.


Kathleen Grace said...

Oh my goodness, I'm so glad you, and everyone else, is alright!

Gina E. said...

In the last two years, we have had some frightening storms like this in Melbourne, Patricia. Like you, I'm fascinated by the weather and run outside to watch lightning and other phenomona, but hate to see the damage to beautiful old trees.
I'm glad your home didn't suffer any damage.

Dani said...

So sad about the trees...sometimes they can be saved..depends on how much damage is done to the glad you and yours are ok...

Julie said...

Oh - I hate to see big old trees lose the battle with the wind. Looks like you got a lot more from that storm than we did. We experienced little wind and only 2 inches of rain.

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

That's pretty scary stuff! I'm glad everyone is ok!!

Devonia said...

A Dallas area Tornado alley runs very near us, Patricia. I can't tell you the times I recall pulling all the little ones with me in the tub with a mattress over us until the warning sirens ceased - or made mad dashes to schools to get my little ones because a storm was brewing. Now they are grown and I realize those were the good days when I could gather them under my wings. It's just sooo scary. So much damage can occur in the blink of any eye. The shape of those trees make it clear this was way to strong and too close for comfort. Hugs, Devonia

Farm Chick Paula said...

How scary!!!
I'm so glad everybody is okay!

bee'nme said...

Howdy Patricia!

Wow, you guys got hit harder by Edouard than we did here in Houston! So glad all is OK with you and yours! (sad about the trees, though :o(

Love your bluebird from Kathy - she's just awesome - the bluebird is absolutely precious!!! I know it will bring you joy for years...

And your pillowcase project is just clever!!!

I always enjoy my visits here - such sweeness and goodness!!

Have a great weekend!

Hugs and Blessings,
Becky S.

Domestically Inclined said...

So glad to hear you are all safe and sound after the storm. The awesome power of a storm reminds me so of the the Mighty Hand of God. I am glad we are safe in HIS grip, for there is none stronger and more gentle.

Lallee said...

Oh my, I see you had your own storm come through. I'm glad you're OK. I love oak trees--sad loss for sure.