On top of the rain, or rather, in addition to, there was ice probably about quarter of an inch. Then the wind starting blowing and with 2 carpet driers, 2 dehumidifiers and various fans running Mother Nature decided to throw another one at us. Yup, the power went out.... It was out for about 5 hours, but long enough to make you wonder whether it was coming back at all. Since we live in a pretty wooded area you could hear trees snapping as the wind was howling. Brian was heading out for a generator about the 2nd hour of no power, I happened to look out the window and cracked up, a tree came down across the far end of driveway - not huge, but too big to drive over. With the wind just roaring and freezing rain at vertical limits Brian attempted to move the tree with a strap tied to his truck (we don't have a chainsaw, whenever we need one we borrow my Dad's, but we were in a un-borrowed moment) and you guessed it, it didn't work and while his attempts failed another tree on the other side of the driveway snapped off and landed on the lawn. Pretty scary when you're only 100 feet away or so. At that moment I could hear the buckle of the strap smack the bed of his truck from the inside the house and read the various four letter words coming out of his mouth. But as the frustration rose to dangerous levels within 10 minutes we were saved by our good friends and cousins who showed up like knights in shining armor (that must of been the Budweiser can) with a chain saw, generator and 3 heaters.
Our power came back on about 6pm Monday night. The carpet is at the dump and we are waiting on the insurance adjuster to do their thing. More rain, snow and ice for Thursday and Friday and when I'm sitting on the beach a week from today this will all be a bad dream.
Our room with carpet torn out...