We live in the southern part of the county and that tornado yesterday just missed our property. Don’t get me wrong. We had some damage and the storm itself was brief but very frightening, but nothing compared to what a neighboring farm withstood and then also some properties on Mussetter Rd. If there are any doubters that it really was a tornado, here’s a preliminary report from the National Weather Service that states there were actually two separate tornados yesterday (Sorry. That link is to a site that constantly changes. I’ll have to look for another link that reports on what I read regarding the two separate tornados.) OK, here is another link to what I read. Hopefully that one won’t change as well!
Our power went out for several hours, as did the power in the entire region. The bars and restaurants around FSK Mall were filled with people who had stories to tell about the damage to their properties as they waited for their power to be restored. Quite frankly, I have to give major kudos to Allegheny Power for getting the power back as quickly as they did. Jim and I drove around the area today to survey the damage and it is extensive. The pictures on the FNP link above do not do justice to the amount of property damage, especially on Ball and Mussetter Roads. We saw whole buildings destroyed, whole tree lines uprooted, evidence of trees that had been cleared off roads and a lot of people out cleaning up their yards. Thankfully as far as we know, no one was hurt.
Speaking of crazy weather, my friend Eric sent me this picture taken with his cell phone from inside Brewer’s Alley last Thursday, 7/23. That was the night we got a ton of rain, roughtly 4 inches in a half hour/45 minute period, about 10:00 at night. You can tell from the picture that Market Street was completely flooded. By all accounts, the water was off the street about a half hour after it stopped raining. Good to know the flood control project at Carroll Creek works.