The eighth of May was a windy day in the area (100 mph for a hour or
so). The imposed a lack of electricity which lasted 7 days and 6
hours. I was home all alone, wandering back and forth in the house
amazed (no fear other than do not let anything hit the house). We have
lost about 12 trees most were going to removed at our leisure. One of
the trees is a white pine it lay across the turn into the garage, it
is about 30 inches across at the base and 26 inches 10 foot up. So we
lost 2 trees we wanted to keep, a sawyer will be by to turn the white
pine into boards to be dried and used.
It was very nice to take a hot shower last night.
Minor gutter damage is all the house suffered.
So who wants free firewood (bring your own chainsaw)?
It is Jackson county area.
(sixoneeight) = 618
On Sat, 16 May 2009 18:34:41 -0400, "Lee Michaels"
Camping gear and candles, fire in the fireplace. Going to bed at 9:30
when it starts to gets really dark. Made a nice red sauce with Italian
sausage on the camp stove. Boiling the pasta however sucks. You make
do as best ya can. No ESPN however sucks too.
A 2 burner propane fired camp stove, a pasta pot and a cast iron
Canned meats and veggies.
Fresh onions and cabbage.
Lots of cheeses.
Battery and/or kero lighting.
Heavens, sounds like a well stocked galley.
Time to go sailing.
Have you had a chance to see some of the radar images from that day?
It's amazing. The storm that hit is being called an inland hurricane.
If you're interested, take a look at this website, and scroll down until
you see Radar Archive on the right side. Select May 8, 2009 and click
"View Archived Radar Loop" and wait.
One of my friends called today and told me about the storm. The whole
area is in rough shape, but they're ok as is their house.
"The potential difference between the top and bottom of a tree is the
reason why all trees have to be grounded..." -- Bored Borg on
On 16 May 2009 23:46:07 GMT, Puckdropper
Ah yes the meso cyclone, granted to leave plenty of large wood chips
everywhere. Mother must be a woodworker eh?
It was very amazing looking out the windows too. It pretty destroyed 3
counties electrical system by bringing the jet stream down to about
400 feet above see level.
Glad you're OK.
10 years ago, I would have had no idea where Jackson County, IL, was
located. Fast forward through some years of family history research
and I now know that my maternal grandmother grew up there - born in
Sand Ridge Township in 1887.
Welcome to Hurricane type weather. LOL We had similar weather back in
September, we had those winds for about 12 hours, I was glad to have known
it was coming and to have slept through most of it. We were with out
electricity for 11 days and 8 hours. It does get pretty irritating after
about 3 days, no? Aside from not being able to take a warm shower is
having to use flash lights and candles after sunset. Especially irritating
was hearing A/C units running at night and seeing porch lights across the
street 5 days after the storm when all power lines in our neighborhood are
Be sure to show the insurance adjuster all of those damaged trees.
Just a hop, skip and a jump from campus, near Country Club road and
Country Club Rd & Chautauqua Rd, Carbondale, Jackson, Illinois 62901
Through google maps
(sixoneeight) = 618
I also live in southern IL, we lost power friday afternoon a little after
1pm. Took a few cold showers, oil lamps and candles for light, cooked on the
grill and used pots and pans on the turkey fryer burner. Power came back on
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