Yesterday, I shared some Daylily Drama. Today, it's Derecho Drama. A derecho is what hit our area last Friday evening, leaving us without electrical power, internet, cell phone service, land line service and since we live in the country and have our own well, no water. I shared some photos and our storm experience here.
|A mile of downed power poles...|
This morning, we were told that we wouldn't have our power restored until possibly July 21st. It was hard to wrap my brain around that. I've been going from one daughter's house to the other daughter's house every couple of days, with stops at our house to help with the watering and care of the animals. Luckily, we have a basement, so Romie, who has stayed at the house most of the time, has a relatively cool place to sleep at night.
We didn't want to desert the house altogether, but every time I stopped at home, I felt like I was in either a war zone or a sci-fi movie where an atomic bomb had gone off and no one had been around for weeks. We're in a moderate to severe drought and we've had 100-degree weather this week, along with no rain - not even anything to speak of during The Storm (three-tenths of an inch) - so that just seemed to add insult to injury. The grass looks similar to a wheat field after the harvest and is just about as crunchy.
|Crunchy yellow grass - you can tell where we've been watering the plants.|
And then a miracle occurred. I was talking to one of the neighbors on my phone while Jenna was talking to Romie on hers and simultaneously the neighbor and Romie said, "We have power!" Music to my ears. It was a downright symphony.
I'll admit, this has been mentally tough. The heat made it worse. But at least I had a place to go to get cool. The utility workers have my undying gratitude for working in this hellish heat (101° today) for long hours and many of them are far from home. I saw where teams came in from as far away as Oklahoma and Minnesota to help out. There are still thousands without power and I feel for them. I pray that power is restored earlier rather than later for them, too.
Today, NASA released a satellite video of the storm. It's incredible to see how it exploded as it made its way across the states of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland. It's a relatively rare storm, this derecho, and I really don't want to experience another one.
|Click on photo to view video.|