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On the other hand, the family room addition to my sister's house (about 25-minutes' drive from ours) was crushed by a large falling tree.

The weatherfolk are calling for storms tonight as well, but it should be the more-usual "scattered thunderstorms" and nothing like last night's derecho event (link to WaPo).

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fmanalyst
Jun. 30th, 2012 09:21 pm (UTC)
That was an astonishing storm. I'm not sure I had much rain at all, but the winds took me by surprise. Although my power flickered several times, it didn't go out. I have some limbs down, but not too bad.
chomiji
Jun. 30th, 2012 09:44 pm (UTC)

I've posted another link that has more details about this type of storm event. I've never heard of it before, but apparently this was - unfortunately - a classic of its type.

I'm glad things are OK in your neck of the woods.

fmanalyst
Jun. 30th, 2012 11:23 pm (UTC)
Some of my friends lost power, but I was lucky here at my house.
lawless523
Jun. 30th, 2012 09:24 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you're okay and sorry to hear about what happened to your sister's house. No injuries, though, I presume.
chomiji
Jun. 30th, 2012 09:46 pm (UTC)

I think they're OK - physically. They're staying at her in-laws' place a few miles away. But sis was referring to her beautiful house - which they had completely renovated over the past couple of years - as a "toxic asset."

rachel_reicheru
Jun. 30th, 2012 09:27 pm (UTC)
Oh my god I hope all ur sister and her family are alright and no one was injured!! :( that's terrible that a tree fell down.. At my mums we had a big tree in are garden it was twice the size of the house and mum was worried if we ever got a big storm it would fall so we chopped it :( I really hope everyone is alright though. *hugs* glad u got ur power backs hopefully nothing else will happen to u and your family for the rest of the storm.
chomiji
Jun. 30th, 2012 09:48 pm (UTC)

I think they're physically unscathed, but it was a very frightening event.

Yeah, these storms are all associated with the very high heat that we've had recently. Yesterday afternoon, it hit 40 C.

rachel_reicheru
Jun. 30th, 2012 09:50 pm (UTC)
Ah when we hit that temperature we don't get storms... we get bush fires... =__= i hate heat though! goodluck staying cool!
chomiji
Jun. 30th, 2012 09:54 pm (UTC)

We've had those too, in the mountain areas west of here. Maybe the storm put them out (I hope).

whymzycal
Jun. 30th, 2012 09:42 pm (UTC)
Yikes! I hope your sister and her family are okay (and that the insurance company doesn't give them any grief so they can effect repairs as quickly as possible).
chomiji
Jun. 30th, 2012 09:53 pm (UTC)

They are all OK physically, but there is a lot of damage to the house. Water was pouring in during the storm, in addition to the structural damage.

whymzycal
Jul. 1st, 2012 08:06 am (UTC)
That's awful! :(
isiscolo
Jun. 30th, 2012 10:24 pm (UTC)
Glad you're okay, and thanks for the link in the other post! Very interesting. My parents are still not answering their phone. :-(
chomiji
Jul. 1st, 2012 02:15 am (UTC)

There's a fair number of phone outages because of trees falling onto the lines. It could well be just that. >hugs!<

blackmagie
Jul. 1st, 2012 02:37 am (UTC)
Piggybacking on Cho's comment, AT&T and Verizon are having issues with their phone services, both cell and land so it really could be that.
isiscolo
Jul. 1st, 2012 02:46 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks, guys. I ended up sending them email, and they just replied saying they have been having power going on and off all day. So no worries!
helliongoddess
Jun. 30th, 2012 10:27 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad to hear you are ok! When I heard your area was one of the worst hit, I was very concerned!!! I was just about to email you when I saw you had posted. That really is a shame about your sister's house - but at least no one was hurt. But it sounds like they'll have a long road ahead, between structural repairs and dealing with water-damaged belongings. My heart goes out to them.

Her experience serves as more reinforcement for my resolve to speak to my neighbors, and take legal action if need be, concerning their trees that are declining, deadly, and pointed directly at our bedroom (the remainder of the stand that barely missed us when two of them fell during Irene!) The ones that are still there are big enough that a fall would bring them right down on our master bedroom and bath, and the prevailing winds blow them straight at us. I love trees more than most people, and I truly hate to antagonize neighbors, but I'd hate even more to be killed in my sleep because of something that could have been prevented.

We lost power at 11:30 after no less than twelve on-off flickers as the wind howled and the lighting flashed and boomed (I think we've already had our 4th of July fireworks early this year! XD ) I was truly afraid, given the scale of this one and that we are usually among the last to get it restored, that we wouldn't get it back until Mon. or Tue., and greatly relieved when it came back on around 4:30 this afternoon. I was impressed today by the insulating powers of my house - as hot as it is outside, the inside managed to not get any hotter than about 83 degrees by the time the power came back on, but even that's enough to bother me. I am truly grateful it came back on as fast as it did, and much gratitude to the workers that have been out there in this heat all day working to get everyone back online. Fingers crossed for both of us that the ones that come through tonight don't put us in the same boat again!!
chomiji
Jul. 1st, 2012 04:44 pm (UTC)

I have to say that in some ways, it's easier here in Tacky Park because of the town arborist. Even though it makes it harder to remove healthy, non-problematic trees just because you want to for landscaping purposes, the fact that there's an expert on staff who has to evaluate these things all the time means there's a regular process for situations involving hazardous trees.



Edited at 2012-07-01 04:53 pm (UTC)
helliongoddess
Jul. 1st, 2012 05:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was looking at the county code here to see if it looked like there were any ordinances that might help, and I didn't see diddly. And I'd be willing to bet if I called and asked if they had an arborist, they'd say something along the lines of roughly "do what?" One of the downsides of living in the country, in a small county.

We'd even be willing to pay for half of the cost of getting a tree person out to assess the risk of these trees of the neighbor's - and if a professional says they are safe, then fine. But I suspect they would recommend at least topping and pruning them. They are all pin oaks, and clearly at the end of a long life cycle, and rooted in wet sandy (basically lousy) soil, to boot. In Irene one went over from the roots, and one broke about twenty feet up. One of the ones that are still there is the biggest of the whole stand. It really saddens me, because I do love the trees - I was sad when I found out they weren't actually on our property when we first looked at the house. I'd been looking forward to camping out under them. *sigh*

It's even more problematic because these neighbors are a nice elderly couple (she's quite sick) with a mentally disturbed son in his 40's who is notorious in the neighborhood for picking fights and causing trouble. He's scary - the type you can easily see ending up going off and really hurting someone or worse. He's already blown a gasket at my hubs over something really stupid where my hubs was being exceedingly tolerant and polite. So we are a little worried about how to approach them about the tree issue without setting him off, since he's always home. (He doesn't work, and never seems to go anywhere. Just burns piles of noxious stuff in the yard night and day. >.< ) I dread the day when his folks are gone and he's holed up there by himself without them to buffer his behavior.
flemmings
Jun. 30th, 2012 11:29 pm (UTC)
Good heavens. Well, bad heavens, actually. (No biscuit.) I'm glad your family is OK but ohh I feel with your sister about her house.
chomiji
Jul. 1st, 2012 04:46 pm (UTC)

Thanks. It's a rough situation for them - they take very good care of their home.

evilchuckles
Jul. 1st, 2012 05:31 am (UTC)
God, that sounds horrible!
chomiji
Jul. 1st, 2012 04:47 pm (UTC)

It was pretty damn awe-inspiring, and that's in the context of an area that sees a hurricane/tropical storm at least every decade. This was really something else.

athena8
Jul. 1st, 2012 02:10 pm (UTC)
We just got ours back 5 hours ago. I'm impressed by how fast it was! But then again, PEPCO never did inspire much confidence.... Glad yours is back as well. My friends in Takoma (DC side) never lost theirs, which was kind of new for them.

I'm sorry to hear about your sister's house. :( I hope no one was hurt.
chomiji
Jul. 1st, 2012 04:52 pm (UTC)

Thanks! They're OK (albeit shaken), and there weren't any storms last night, so it's be hoped that they are starting clean-up. I know that the tree-removal crew showed up in the late afternoon to remove the tree itself and tarp over the big hole in the roof.

I'm glad your power is on, and same with your friends! We went up Georgia Ave. as far as Wheaton yesterday morning, trying to buy ice, and tons of lights were out. And we went to White Oak for supper with friends, and the situation was the same along New Hampshire.

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