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The Storm (with pics)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Today has been one of those days you just don't know how to take. I was up at 7 am to walk and got that in early as they predicted rain by noon. Then Wednesday is our breakfast morning. Since the snowbirds are going home, we only had 10 of us today but that is nice in a way as you can pretty much visit with everyone. Three more of these couples will be leaving in the next few weeks so breakfast may fizzle out for the summer.
We had some errands to run before going home so took care of that as I hate to have to backtrack when I am close to a place I need to go to. With the price of gas I try to do double duty on most trips out.
When we got home, it was really humid but still nice and sunny so I got busy and got the dirt spread at dad's an planted some grass seed in case we got luck and got that predicted rain. Then a couple of my volunteers helped me work in the park gardens for about 2 hours. We weeded and trimmed 6 of the beds. We still have 4 more to do but it was starting to get a little dark so we decided to call it a day a little before 2.
Well, I came home and got a bite of lunch and decided to read the paper and it kept getting darker and darker and then it started thundering and about 3:45 the storm hit. I truly didn't realize how bad it was as I was in our spare bedroom going thru some files and not paying a lot of attention. I just knew that the wind was really whistling and the rain was pounding the side of our house.
When I got done looking things up I came out of the bedroom and hubby was holding Abbie (she is deathly afraid during storms) and I looked into our Florida room and realized he hadn't shut the windows out there. I was really thankful that we had tile out there now as it was very wet!!! The rain literally blew sideways and it soaked one chair but it will dry and I mopped the rest up with a towel. We saw that our rocker had blown off our porch and nearly into the road. Several other things had blown around, but that was all the damage to our house. It was still raining, but we decided to take a ride thru the park to check on things and go check on dad and this is what we saw.

This is the roof from one home on top of another home.

This is some of the debris between the homes.

This is a picture of one home that lost it's carport.

This is another home where the carport was ripped off.

This is another shot of someone's roof on another home.

A look at the marina and what it did to the covered slips.

More damage - piles of aluminum!

The pool cage-or what should be the screen cover over our swimming pool.
The pool had been drained and was being repaired which might be a good thing.

Another look at the pool.

A big limb just missed our park truck.

Everyone has been out surveying the damage since the worst of the storm is past, but they are telling us to be prepared as another round of storms are out in the gulf and heading our way. Guess we will be listening to our weather radio tonite.
We are thankful that for all the damage, no one was injured and property can be repaired.
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    Thank goodness you made it through the storm safely. I hope there's plenty of better weather ahead.
    3618 days ago
    oh my goodness.. no wonder Abbie was upset with the strom.. they know what is comming.. yikes glad no one was hurt... thanks for sharing..
    3621 days ago
    From on Floridian to another.... I am so glad you are safe!!! We had a lot of wind 40mph. Tons of heavy down pouring. They kids were released from school a little early. We took down our hanging plants so they wouldn't blow away. Our pool screen lost a couple of screens but all in all we did well. Thanks so much for asking. I am like an Ostrich. I know it's bad. All the kids know where to go if the sky turns green. I just pray that we will be safe if the time comes. May God watch over you and all those around you to be safe as this inclement weather continues. emoticon
    3621 days ago
  • RHONDA_11
    I, too, am glad no one was hurt. May God bless you as you work to repair the damage. emoticon
    3621 days ago
    Glad no one was hurt.Things can be repaired a lot easier than people.GOD bless.
    3621 days ago
  • DOODIE59
    I love a good storm -- but that one would have had me very nervous ... being in hurricane land and all:) I trust your father was alright?

    I'm glad to hear you're fine. How did the flower beds fare?

    Take care,


    3621 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5123585
    Oh my gosh! I am glad to hear that no one was hurt, but that is a lot of damage for one storm. I hope the other one they are predicting for you fizzles out! Stay safe!!
    3621 days ago
  • MARTY728
    Glad you are OK! My prayers are with you!
    3621 days ago
    We had that weather last night. Please take care. You live in a mobile home. Can you go to anothr building if the wind really picks up?
    3621 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8911862
    Oh my mercy! So glad everyone is ok. Stay safe please ;)

    3621 days ago
    Button down the hatches..so glad you were not hurt.

    My little dog Sam is scared to death of storms, he hides under the kitchen table or under my legs if he hears thunder. emoticon
    3621 days ago
    WOW hope the rest of the storms are not as bad take care.
    3621 days ago
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