Around 1 PM yesterday, it became apparent that a storm was coming, and if I needed to get to the other house, that time was right then. Which was a good idea, because at 1:45 PM a microburst struck. One second, calm. The next, while I was at the door, it was basically a white out from all the rain. The storm door tried to blow away as I tried to hold it shut, before it finally locked. It went from 0-70 mph instantly. The tornado sirens started because of it. There was 2 inches of rain in 15 minutes.
So what’s the damage, you ask? Quite a bit. Over at K-Mart, a tree fell. Power lines (live and not) are down in places. The roof blew off the American Legion building in Mayfield. Our garbage cans successfully leaped over the fence into the neighbor’s yard, and I saw another person’s fly by. While at the door, before I finally slammed the wooden one shut and went for the hall, I saw several large limbs fly by, which looked to be heading for the car. Right about then, lightning reportedly struck the tower used for keeping WPSD’s signal on the air—that’s located in Monkey’s Eyebrow. They came back on the air about 15 minutes later.
Amazingly, from what I can tell, there’s not a scratch on the car. The branches and assorted junk came to rest near the tires, partly in the ground until Dad ripped them back out. There were quite a few large shingles in our backyard. They weren’t ours, they were Elaine’s--we gave them back to her. Down the road, the tree (which turned out to have rotten roots, so it was just a matter of time) in Donna’s yard was torn out of the ground, and barely missed hitting her house; she had been to the doctor for an outpatient medical procedure yesterday morning, and was sleeping as a result. It took out her decorative wishing well, but her house seemed okay. There was a weeping willow tree somewhere in the vicinity a little further on--another tree fell and crushed it, so they’re both gone. There was also tree right across from McDonald’s, which was at a slight incline--it fell, too.
About 95 people with Paducah Power are still without power. Luckily, while the lights flickered during the worst of it, they held for us. There were bits of green fruit everywhere--finally, a guy from the end of the block came and said it was his hickory nut tree. He collected them, and wandered away.
Another tree was split in half in Forest Hills, which is near here. According to the news, in Reidland a tree hit something so that it caused a gas leak—they evacuated 20 homes, lest the lightning ignite it, but it’s fixed now. Rhonda’s garbage cans blew away, and last I heard she was going on a quest to find them. The steeple of the Sunny Slope Baptist Church blew off.
And lastly, for those interested, there were reportedly 1000 lightning strikes in 5 minutes, according to the news. 16 roads in this area alone were closed, but volunteers helped get them clear of debris. Most have reopened.
ETA: Oh, and forgot to add that the mailman was coming down the street when it hit, and sought shelter in a neighbor's house. His truck survived, to everyone's surprise. And for those on the Dreamwidth side, but not the LJ side, I posted this in the comments over there: this
was what everyone saw at the McCracken County Public Library downtown. It's either a tornado or a wall cloud, but there were no reports of damage to the building.