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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Urban Jungle*

While I was at a meeting this afternoon, I heard a National Weather Service Warning about a tornado watch in the neighborhoods just south of mine. When I returned to my office, the sky was black and the wind was very still. On the way home, I ran into a couple down traffic signals, but other than that, the ride was uneventful. Until I got to my neighborhood. I was greeted with this:

I called my parents and my dad said his entire backyard was destroyed and they're without power. We've obviously got power. And fortunately, I had The Targo's car; so it's not buried under debris. I've just never seen anything like this close up before. Now, I realize it's not the devastation of a hurricane or a war zone, but it was a pretty stunning welcome home.

*EDIT FRIDAY 8/24* - I realized this was a better title. And also, we're totally fine. It looks like the people in our neighborhood are fine. The blocks around ours have downed powerlines and the trees look even worse. The bad part is that we're supposed to get more storms during much of the day and this evening.


Anonymous said...

Holy sh!t, Marianne! Is everyone OK? My God, I've never seen anything like that up close, either.

Natural disasters / storms scare the bejeesus out of me cuz there's nothing you can do when they decide to come *shudder*.

alyndabear said...

Oh my goodness, thankfully noone was buried under that debris. Yikes! I should be thankful all we have are miserable cloudy days at the moment.

Big hugs to you!

L Sass said...

That IS scary. I'm glad I don't live in a tornado-y land anymore. I have such scary memories of hiding out in the basement as a kid.

I'm glad that you and your neighbors are fine. Phew.

(I had the wrong comment box open for Cece's blog earlier, so sorry about that deleted comment...)

J said...

I saw that tornado warning on the news last night as I watched the Cubs game. Glad you are all ok and that the only damage appears to be to the trees. Be safe today!

Christi said...

I have been in a tornado and man is it scary. Many people don't heed the warnings and then live to regret it. I'm glad to hear that you are ok and please be safe if more storms hit you guys.

Michelle said...

Aaaaah, how I miss real weather! No seriously, those were some pretty scary pics and thankfully not a lot else happened to you and your Dad. Errrr, perhaps you should come out here for a visit instead??? Mid-70's and no humidity!

The Hotfessional said...

Yep. That's what kept me from riding the Blue Line last night. And kept me from sleeping on a cot at O'Hare.

My boss's pool overflowed and flooded into his house.

Gotta love the great midwest.

My name is Rima. said...

Yikes! Glad you are OK. That stuff is even more scary when you're pregnant. What is with the weather this summer??

Kristabella said...

I was at a hotel all week (read: at the hotel BAR drunk off my ass) so I didn't see the damage until late Friday afternoon.

A very old tree, with a trunk bigger than I've ever seen, SNAPPED in half and landed in the house across the street. Like IN the house, through the roof.

Good thing I waited out that storm in a 100-year old building. Yeah. That was a good idea.