|View looking to the southwest lot line.|
So far - fingers crossed - I haven't lost any major limbs off my trees and the house and its siding are still intact. But it sure is roaring out there tonight. I thought the wind was supposed to die down after sunset, not get worse! This storm isn't moving away without a fight! The peak windgust in my area reached 81 mph and about 30 miles to the south in Racine an F1 tornado did some damage yesterday. It was hard enough maneuvering to and from work out in the open with winds gusting to 40 mph. I'm no lightweight, but I had to hang on for dear life this morning when I got off the bus downtown and this evening while waiting for the bus downtown to come home, as the winds were even stronger. The wind-tunnel effect created by the tall buildings in close proximity to Lake Michigan was multiplied many times by this fierce wind-storm. I count my blessings that I was able to wait out the rain yesterday morning (it stopped about 7:30 a.m. or so and I was able to get to work without getting drenched) and the rain hasn't come back. Up north Minnesota hasn't been so fortunate - wet, heavy snow, and blizzard conditions in the Dakotas. Whew!
I'll be grateful when I can finally get some sleep and not have to worry about one of my trees being blown into the house.