Yay! It was Thursday! I was looking forward to talking on the phone with an old friend. Our schedules finally became compatible for some long over due catching up.
Then a huge electrical storm crept in.
I texted him that I would call when the storm passed.
This storm was laden with lightning and extremely heavy rains.
The winds were shifting all over the place.
Michigan gets its share of tornadoes.
I was raised to respect the weather, not to fear it.
As a child, our family watched tornadoes from our porch.
I was not concerned about tornadoes here, on Lake Michigan’s coastline.
They tend to develop and occur inland, rarely messing with the coast line.
And . . .
It was early afternoon, as I was passing through the kitchen. The blinding flash of lightning, followed by the deafening crack of thunder, caused me to wince and jump.
THAT was way too close!
I left the kitchen and headed to the front of the house, to observe the storm.
As I neared the window, I heard the tearing and cracking of a huge limb, pulling away from its ancient tree trunk.
I knew the limb was breaking free from one of the many surrounding trees. I had no idea from which tree! I turned and ran away from the sound, heading to the back door. I did not care that the rain was pouring down. I was out of there!
Before I reached the back door, the falling limb was felled. The power was out. The house was not touched by the tree… not directly. [deep breath]
The limb came down perfectly across the street. It took my power line with it, ripping the meter and wiring off the house. [deep breath]
OMG-self! How grateful I was. [deep breath]
“Thank you, thank you, thank you!”, I said aloud [deep breath]
And I called the utility company….
to be continued…..