This past Tuesday at 6 AM, we had a whopper of a storm hit the state. For almost an hour (something like 57 or 52 minutes), we had almost continuous thunder, lightening, buckets of rain and winds. Sounds like a train coming through, but the National Weather Service says no tornado.
What we had was a macroburst -- a thunder storm complex the size of 2/3 of Rhode Island, with continuous straight line winds of 60 to 80 mph. Very scary! In all, over 121,000 lost power. Thankfully, my power did not go out. Now, 48 hours later, still close to 20,000 have no power. The winds tore through neighborhoods taking down HUGE old trees, many of them healthy. In addition to those taking down power lines, trees took down at least one transmission line. It came out of nowhere, it was not predicted, even half an hour prior to it hitting us. (Not that I was up at that hour to hear if it HAD been predicted, lol.)
The photos are crazy, what a storm! Tasha is always afraid when it thunders. But when Riley and Belle both got down off the bed and went underneath it, I seriously wondered if we should head to the cellar!
Lightening struck a house, which caught fire. Also a barn full of hay burned almost to the ground. Lightening struck and split many trees in the area. What the lightening didn't bring down, the winds did, trees on top of police cars, people's cars and homes. The comute in to Providence that morning was a long slow process, as huge trees were down on the main highway, Interstate 95. As it that weren't enough, next day a tree service truck caught fire which clearing those trees on the highway.
This is a amazing photo -- -the tree pulled up the entire lawn, ,as it a carpet or astroturf: http://interactives.wpri.com/photomo...-during-storm/
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