Thursday, November 17, 2011

Just Another Lunch Hour: Tornado

Yesterday when Eric and I were home for lunch a tornado passed through our neighborhood. I've done posts on here several times about "just another lunch hour" where we lay sod or pull up a tree or something like that during lunch. I've never done a just another lunch hour of waiting out a tornado post, but there is a first for everything.

I cleared out the closet when the storm was a few miles away and when we couldn't see anything outside and our ears started to pop we ran into the closet. We did hear the train sound but at the time didn't know it was a tornado and thought we were just hearing it in our heads since you are suppose to hear a train. We did hear the tornado sirens and we can also hear warnings from AU and took them seriously because of the April tornados..

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After the storm was over we looked out the window and saw our cars safe. Amazing because 2 huge pecan trees' branches canopy the parking pad. You can sort of see a big limb from the neighbor's oak tree behind my car, it was about 3" from my bumper! Trees from the yard behind my car were in our courtyard on the other side of the house!

The persimmon tree that fell on our fence. Eric was wanting to cut it down anyway so now he doesn't have to, just fix the fence. haha.

A tree fell on the back part of our fence too. When we moved in a red oak limb fell and broke that part of the fence. Then when we were doing our yard renovation Eric hit that same spot with the bobcat bucket. Finally yesterday a tree took out that same part of the fence!

Eric would cut up the trees/limbs and my assistant and I helped remove them. If you know Claire you know how counterproductive she was, removing sticks from the pile to play with.

That was our damage. We may have some roof damage but can't tell without more rain. We are blessed!

This is the house that is behind our cars. It is vacant right now and used for "storage" but the owner is in the process of renovating. His regular house right beside this one has a tin roof and it was peeled up. We think that is the metal we heard bending while we were in the closet.

If you go to the end of the street this is the first house on the left. I think there were 3 fallen pines in this yard.

Right after the storm before the rain stopped people were already out clearing trees. Eric occasionally does work with this tree man so he helped him clear the tree off the road so all of the sight seeres could get by. Men and chainsaws.

I'm not sure where the tree came from I don't remember it growing in that yard. This is in our next door neighbor's back yard.

This is the house behind us. You can see all of the snapped trees behind the house and both driveways are covered. The big oak to the right of the house lost a huge limb a few months ago but it missed the house, as did all of the snapped trees this time around.

Just look at this stick, I left it in the ground because that is the weirdest thing to me about wind and it's power to stick a stick in the ground.

This amazing wisteria branch fell from our neighbor's tree. It looked like a huge braided rope, beautiful!

Other parts of Auburn were also hit. The Large Animal Clinic at the Vet School, the meat lab area, a residential neighborhood lost several roofs, the high school parking lot and baseball field and a student mobile home park. When I was in college my sister and I lived in this park. It is the largest mobile home park in Alabama. REPRESENT. (how many stereo types of the south were filled in that sentence). It was the most awesome place to live because we had a nice big trailer that we got to decorate however we wanted and had a yard with a garden. Part of the park got hit yesterday but I don't think anyone was injured.

This was yesterday after we finished cleaning up our yard and the small trees in the neighborhood. It was actually a fun afternoon spent outside together and meeting people we have never met that live in our area. We had a lot of people drive over to check on us and offer to clean up trees. See all of the huge trees that could have crushed our house. Love that Eric is smiling in this pic!

I feel a little silly writing about this tornado, it was only an EF2, compared to the EF5s that came through Alabama in April this was nothing. But I've had a lot of people email to check on us (thank you!) so I thought you would like to see what happened in my hood. No lives were lost in Auburn, just a lot of beautiful trees, cars and a few roofs. We are thankful for God's protection and grace he showed us yesterday!


Laura@happyroost said...

Glad you guys are safe! You certainly were lucky with so many trees down all over your neighborhood and none in your yard!


rebekah said...

i am SO glad y'all are ok! i might need you to drive by our old house. i'm so curious to see if it was ok, especially if the high school got hit.

Anna@Directions Not Included said...

So glad you guys are safe! How scary!

skye @ neathering our fest said...

I thought about yall yesterday when Jim Cantore posted a picture of some damages in the Auburn area! Glad you guys are safe!

Kat said...

Oh my heavens, girl! I had no idea. So glad you guys were safe! What destruction!

Kat said...

Oh my heavens, girl! I had no idea. So glad you guys were safe! What destruction!

Natalie said...

wow - glad yall are safe!

alanna rose said...

Oh wow!
Just amazing...please tell me that you saved that beautiful branch?!

Accessorize and Organize said...

I was thinking about you guys, hoping you were doing ok. So happy to hear everyone is safe!!

Nikki said...

Holy crap! That's a lot of damage. The neighbor's car was crushed like a tin can. So sad. Glad you guys are okay!

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

Wow! I'm so sorry you had to go through that but so glad you are okay. It looks like it was devastating! How scary!

Rachel said...

So glad you guys are safe and your home was spared!

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