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  •  I was wondering that too (8+ / 0-)

    Especially after reading this diary. Frankly I'd never heard of the damned things until last summer.

    There I was sitting at my comp just screwing around when I noticed it was starting to get very dark. Hopped on over to the NOAA site to see what was coming. Said something to the effect of HOLY SHIT! and two seconds later I was in the middle of it.

    I live in the hills in southeastern Ohio with a ridge in front of me and another behind. Winds don't usually trouble me that much because of the winding hollow I'm down in.

    That thing came in from the NW at just the right angle and got between the two ridges. I have never seen wind do what that did!

    It was trying to rain, but the wind was so strong it turned it into mist. I actually watched that mist get gathered up into "balls" that wobbled around for a bit before making a beeline to the south. I watched a huge pine as it looked like a giant hand reached down and twisted the top third of it off.

    I was sure that I, the pooties and the woozle were all goners.

    We lost a lot of timber. My neighbor's hillside looked like a bomb went off. He lost 30 mostly mature trees and he still hasn't cut all of it up. I was amazed that I didn't lose anything but six trees and an old metal shed I was going to tear down anyway.

    But then we learned we weren't out of the woods yet. It was six days before most of us got power back. Others waited nearly two weeks.

    20 years I've been down here and never saw anything like that. Now there's the potential for another one??????

    Thankfully it looks like I'm in the slight risk area, but cheeses! Give me a break already!

    Meddle not in the affairs of dragons... for thou art crunchy and good with ketchup.

    by Pariah Dog on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 07:38:05 PM PDT

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