Hi and welcome to the blog. We sure had a heck of a storm yesterday with 100+ MPH hours winds. The Cedar Rapids and Anamosa area was heavily damaged by hurricane strength winds (100 MPH +). I literally didn’t see the storm coming… while recuperating.
On Sunday things were crazy and I worked a grueling 7 hour shift without a break, then a nap, then went back for more. By this time I was hurting good and ended up in the ER with an infection in my diabetic foot. Now it means wearing one of these things around as much as possible dressing the foot wound… which looks a little like the weather photo above…
Feeling a little sluggish, I was going to take a nap yesterday and checked the radar, knowing that rain was headed this way. The radar predictor said the storm would fizzle… I should have looked at the map above instead of taking a snooze. When I awoke from resting, the clock said about 1PM but outside it was dark as night… Duke and Jenny were howling and seemed to know something was about to happen. The tornado siren (located 200 feet from my living room!) sounded.
Jenny hid. Duke burrowed down under the covers next to me. He was terrified. The trailer shook a number of times and shingles went flying past the bedroom window. Normally I’m not one to be afraid of the weather – I used to do storm chasing – but I huddled with the kitty and kept saying the Lord’s prayer over and over, certain the trailer would be destroyed… but thankfully it was not. The flash flooding in the ditch and over the road stopped people from driving.
When things calmed down (it seemed like an eternity), I hobbled out and noticed the elderly neighbor’s skirting had come loose. I helped her fix it. Mine was a mess (and part of it still is) but that can wait.
The worst of the news was the roof. It sustained a lot of damage and water poured into the recently renovated rear bathroom, staining the ceiling and making a huge mess.
All in all, it could have been a lot worse. I know a person in the country whose mobile home fell off the cement blocks that were underneath it. That would have been terrifying! A dear friend down the street had a porch swing fly off the deck and I saw her trying to wrestle it alone. We got it put back in place.
Stopping for a Diet Coke, I decided to check on fishing buddy Steve. He also was located at ground zero for this storm. Steve lost a tree near his mobile home. But in a nearby town where he owns a house, the garage was all but destroyed. I hobbled a few more hours and helped him pack up and move some of the more valuable possessions. Between the lingering back problems and sore foot, it was quite the night!
There was a huge line of cars at the fast food restaurant in Anamosa. The line lasted from 3PM until the place closed at 11PM. Ideally, I should have been working but family and friends come first. Most of the neighboring towns: Cedar Rapids, Marion, Hiawatha were out of power. Everyone flocked to our town to get gas… Even trying to get a burger was almost impossible. Steve had no power at home so he came over and we cooked up some steak – I had electricity. Partway through, the big grill ran out of propane and we had to finish the meat on the George Foreman grill… but dang, the food sure tasted good… even though by that time it was almost 10:30 PM.
Okay, Mondays really do suck. 🙂
Today, Tuesday, is another day off… It’s about 8AM, the sun is shining and there’s some work to do outside. Thank the Good Lord that nobody around here was injured. Roofs can be fixed, skirting replaced, and branches removed. But in our small, peaceful town people look out for each other and life goes on. Ya gotta love Iowa and the friendly people here!
So once again there is no camping to talk about. Monday’s plans changed abruptly! Maybe next week before the blizzards get here? At least the van was safe under the carport as pieces of shingles and large hail rained down. 🙂
Thanks for visiting today. Safe and happy travels! Hopefully the weather is better where everyone is right now. Be safe!
Brad and Jenny and Mister Duke
Jones County, Iowa
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