The next morning it was cloudy & I woke up before 7am. As I got out of bed, I looked out the closest window.The tree was still there. Then I looked out the front window & noticed that the water trough for the horses & cows was gone. I ran over to the window facing Eli & Lizzie's. I knew something was very wrong. I could see their house (usually blocked by trees) but it looked different. The front porch roof was gone and it was too clear in their side yard. I quick got dressed & saw Eli walking down the driveway to Jim's house. I called Steve & told him what I was seeing as I looked around. I saw a piece of red metal in the pasture on the other side of our driveway & told him that it must have blown off our junk pile of stuff. He asked if I had gone outside yet & looked at the building so I walked out & it was a piece of the siding right below where he just put in the new windows.
No wonder I heard a "metal" sound! I was one the other side of that wall. There was also a piece of metal way up in a tree between Our house & the neighbor's.
They also ran for the basement & stayed there for some time. They were worried about me...I was worried about them.
Neighbor Dave came over then & said he would help whatever way he could. He didn't have any damage at his place. In a half hour or so (thanks to Dave), there were two burly guys at Eli's helping cut up fallen trees in the pasture. He also took his big end loader up there to help move debris. Jim came there next & told us that most of the large trees in front of his house were down.
At Jim & Nancy's house. Lot's of trees down.
Jim told me of the damage at Mike's house up the road from him.
Garage roof collapsed & machine shed & silos damaged.
As I went into town later that day, I noticed another barn down in the path of the storm.
The neighbor behind us didn't have any damage but a few tree limbs down but she saw the funnel cloud as lightening lit up the sky. Jim's wife saw it too.
I am so very thankful that no one was hurt and grateful for kind neighbors. They have all offered a place for me to stay if I am frightened. I am also happy to know that I didn't "freeze" when it hit & reacted correctly by grabbing Mia & running to the basement. ( I have often wondered what I would do)
I found a tomato in the yard by the driveway from the garden as I went to pick up a branch. It looked perfect. I picked it up & it was bruised on the bottom. It had been picked up & dropped by the tornado, and close by, a straw bale was tossed into the driveway and metal was wrapped around a tree 20 feet in the air. Amazing. But...as I write this, I am getting freaked out all over again, so I must stop. I might write more about it some other time, but enough for now. This weekend when my daughter & family come here to visit I will be giving them an extra big hug as I will to everyone I love....and when Steve gets here tomorrow, I think I will feel safe again.