Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Last Night This Happened...

I was at work and I could hear the weather radio beeping in my boss' office. Sure enough we were going to get hammered with a storm.

I think everyone in the word has experienced some crazy weather in the last 3 years. The last 2 years we've been in a drought, and the year before that we had major flooding going on. I'm not sure what this year will be like.

Not very many people around here take storms too seriously. Many go buy beer, and sit outside to watch.

Daddy called me at work 10 minutes before I was to leave, "Do you realize employers are letting their workers off early to escape the storm?" I said, "Well 10 minutes isn't going to change too much. I don't want to leave right now. It's raining hard anyhow."

I left at 5. I was driving into the storm, but there wasn't much I could do about it. If I were to have left early I would have gotten pounded by rain, and if I were to have waited I would have gotten pounded by rain. It was a windy drive home! Traffic was light. My husband must of been right about employers letting their employees off early.

I came home to this:

At least they were practicing being safe. If we were to have needed to go somewhere I think they would have needed life jackets over helmets.

This is what some of Omaha, Council Bluffs, and Blair looked like:

 That's our airport. They had to cancel all flights last night.
 That's hail folks!
A car lot has an estimate of $15 million worth of damages!

All photos gotten from the KETV news website.

We didn't get hail by our house, but many others did. 

  • Hail smashed my co-workers window in his jeep. 

  • Our home didn't have any water problems, but many did. 

  • The town over from us is declared an emergency zone by their governor. 

  • A car lot had damage on every single car on their lot. I was surprised when the news interviewed him, and he was so calm. Then I chuckled this morning when the same car lot had a commercial on TV this morning. No one is going to be buying cars from them for a little while. 

  • Firefighters had to rescue people out of their homes by boat. The water was too shallow for the boats motors to turn on, but too deep to walk in safely. A 18 month old was shown crying in one of the boats. How scary!

  • Power was and is still out in many homes. 

  • Trees are down in many areas. 

  • Creeks looked like thin rivers.
While I'm glad nothing happened to me, or my family (which most of them even aunts and uncles live here), I'm sad for others that have water damage, and can't get in their homes safely.

4 things are for sure:
  • Roof and siding companies will be busy.
  • Tree removal services will be called.
  • Insurance companies will be swamped. 
  • Car places that were out of the storms way will be getting a lot of business.


Masshole Mommy said...

Holy cow - what a storm! I love that daddy had them all in their helmets. Definitely better to be safe than sorry!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Wow, that is some crazy storming!

~ Noelle said...

we saw this on tv-
so sad and scary... but- i do wonder, how much the cars would be sold for. ha ha ha

Theresa Mahoney said...

All I can say is Holy Shit! That is some huge hail! I will NEVER complain about the rinky dink hail we get here now!

Harry Flashman said...

I hope you have all the supplies you need, and I'm glad you and your family were not injured. I'm glad your home is intact, too. You're very right about the strange weather these past two years or so.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

OMG that hail is INSANE!! I cannot believe what it did to all those cars. What in the world would it do to someone if it hit them in the head!?

mail4rosey said...

Wow, that's a lot of rain!! It's crazy how much damage one storm can do. And oy! to every car on the lot!!

mail4rosey said...

Wow, that's a lot of rain!! It's crazy how much damage one storm can do. And oy! to every car on the lot!!

Eat To Live said...

Holy hail!! Those are some huge ice balls.


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