Grid power went out almost immediately and the winds were clocked as high as 56 mph.
We were up several times during the night really concerned about things that were going bump in the night, but couldn't see much because of the darkness.
This morning our solar energy system provided us with lights, water and power to our freezers and refrigerators so we weren't inconvenienced to any great deal.
We had some damage but, we're happy to report, nothing very serious.
The little house where the three new chicks and their two mamas have been ensconced was topped over by the wind. Thankfully, all five inhabitants were alive and well, happily pecking in the poultry pasture first thing this morning. (Talk about being resilient after what must have been a really rough night for them!)
The two cold frames I had on those raised beds I recently harvested were relocated.
This one hung on to its moorings (sort of) but the top was ripped off backwards.
See that cold frame over there in the distance? It was on the bed in the forefront of the picture.
Given the distance it traveled (and I'm guessing it must have rolled over a couple of times), it still looks to be in good shape. But we haven't located the top cover for it. Yet.
The biggest tree that went down was in our back wood working area (convenient, eh?) and missed hitting anything it would have smashed to smithereens.
It doesn't look too big in the first picture, but this one above gives more of an idea of its 18" diameter. We spent a good part of the day limbing it, hauling the branches away and getting most of it cut into pieces, some of which will, needless to say, have to be split.
There were several trees down that blocked our driveway. You can see a couple in this picture.
There is a driveway under there somewhere.
There's a main power line through the woods and crossing our driveway about two-thirds of the way down it. Before we could get to that area, men from the power company arrived and started the job of removing one huge tree that had fallen on the lines.
They said they had cleared two spots where trees had fallen across our driveway to get in to the power line. That saved us a lot of work we would have had to do.
One has to give the power company employees a whole lot of credit. They had been on the job since ten o'clock last night working in difficult conditions. And they do this regularly at all times of the year.
The grid power has now been restored, thanks to those hard-working people (even earlier than we had been told to expect), and I'm exhausted (I think Papa Pea's a little tired, too) and hope there's nothing to interrupt my sleep tonight 'cause I'm gonna need it.
We're very, very thankful we suffered no real damage from the crazy, high winds that blew through with this storm.
The forecast for us for tonight? Rain and snow mix, 1"-3" possible. Here we go!