it looked like a hurricane:
Hurricane-force winds borne by a powerful storm front strafed central Ohio yesterday, leaving behind a messy mix of downed trees and power lines that disrupted electricity to more than 300,000 utility customers.
Winds of more than 80 mph lashed central Ohio during an early-evening blitz, blowing over tractor-trailers, toppling trees onto cars and houses, and leaving tens of thousands without air conditioning with a 97-degree day coming up today.
My husband said "you mean tornado?", and I said "no, hurricane." All that water plus the wind going in one direction, I think.
I was at the store, trying to get groceries ahead of the huge red blob I saw advancing on radar. The red blob sped up though, and arrived just as I was paying. Turned BLACK outside and my ears popped. I hustled out to the car in driving wind as the very first drops fell, then drove home in the hurricane, trees down everywhere. We have power but much of Columbus does not (300,000 people are without).
Last year one of our huge cottonwoods was struck by lightning, and a branch about 18 inches in diameter and about 4o feet long died. That branch hovers over a main power line. The power company didn't want anything to do with it because it was way too tricky to try to get at it. We had professional tree trimmers come and do the job a couple of weeks ago -- and man I'm glad that was done before the storm. Would've been bad news for sure.
Meanwhile, more red blobs in our future.
And meanwhile, we're getting email updates from camp that their internet is down (so the flow of pictures will stop, darn it) but everyone is safe and sound.