Five minutes of bad weather composed of rain, hail, and high winds (about 80-90 mph) can cause a lot of damage I found out early last night. This is my backyard, and no I don't live in a jungle. Notice the mini grill survived unscathed? I'm sorry I can't say the same for my husband's truck (hail damage and severely dented hood). I also can't say the same for about six storm windows that broke thanks to the hail, or the screens on those storm windows that now have holes in them.
I have two trees and one is nearly denuded of leaves. It looks like someone dropped branches in a blender and dumped them out. And that is a pile of hailstones. My back porch was already unattractive, and this new look does nothing for it.
I thought I would have a nice, leisurely evening looking at my new library books and reading, but no. As I was walking home from the library I knew it was getting ready to dump rain. The sirens had been going off, and I was walking as fast as I could to get home before it started. Luckily I arrived home about five minutes before the excitement began. I thought the worst of it was the rain leaking (pouring actually) in by our bay windows until the worst of the storm passed and we looked outside. At least we didn't lose electricity like 100,000 other residents did.
And how pathetic is this? I didn't have time to move my flowers. Remember what my flowers looked like before? They didn't stand a chance! Actually other people have it far worse than we do. This storm was terrible and lots of Omahans sustained damage to their property (loads of uprooted trees). We have lots to clean up still, a huge tree limb to dispose of, and an insurance company to deal with. I'm not entirely sure if I'll be around for a few days. I do promise to draw names sometime today, however. Please check back later. And fingers crossed for no more nasty weather. It seems like it's been raining here every other day for months!