Hi folks. Hope hope you are doing well. We have had a crazy start to the new year. On Saturday, there were strong thunderstorms in our area. Tornado warnings were issued--not unusual for central NC. Suddenly, the sky became very dark, the winds picked up into a swirling, twirling frenzy, and yard debris was bouncing off the roof and windows of our house. I looked at Cowboy and rattled, "should we go to the basement?". (Our basement is under the deck and only accessible from the outside.) He looked at me kinda spooked and said, 'too late'. Within seconds a large tree cracked, creaked and thumped to the ground. Luckily, it only grazed the house and my car.
Color me grateful! We are safe. The only casualty is the new banisters, railing and stairs we had installed this spring.
Whew....glad it came to an end quickly. Neighbors and friends have helped with the clean up. Many homes suffered extensive damage. We were lucky!