Monday, 22 July 2013
After the Storm
On Friday, there was a huge thunderstorm that rolled all through the province, and into Quebec. You probable heard about it in the news. A cooler air mass moved in towards that hot steamy heat wave, and of course they clashed. We were all watching for tornadoes, and fortunately none happened. What we did see was a lot of wind. Estimated wind speeds of 120 km/hr. Enough to bring down quite a few trees. One of the reasons we love this neighbourhood is because of all the mature trees, but they do become vulnerable in high winds. I went out for a walk with my dog to see the local streets, and get a few pictures.
Our hydro went out, because a transformer up the street got hit by lightning. We woke up on Saturday still with no hydro. Our next door neighbour had their hydro right away, so we ran an extension cord from their deck to our fridge and freezer. Our phone was also out, so we were without internet service, also. Gasp. Seemed strange to be so unplugged. So we borrowed WiFi from the neighbour on the other side. Amazing. Nobody was hurt, thankfully, though quite a few cars were under those trees. Also, I didn't get much sewing done. I thought of unplugging the fridge for sewing, but had to rethink priorities.
Over the weekend, we heard the hum of chainsaws, generators, and wood chippers. Almost 200,000 homes in Ont. and Qu. were without power, and I think most of them are back on now. Those hydro guys sure worked hard. So we are almost back to normal. There is quite a lot of firewood to be had, if you feel like making the drive!