It really sounds silly when I say, "The great wind storm of 2011" and it almost reminds me of people who say, "The great blizzard of 2010" as a big joke, but this one's not a joke, so I guess it's ok!
I have been in quite a few wind storms, but this one was intense, as most of you know! People being blown over, huge trees getting uprooted, car windows being blown out, store signs being torn apart, etc. Not exactly the sort of excitement most people expect or enjoy. When I was awake off and on from 3 a.m. yesterday until 7 when I finally got up to get ready, the wind was not happy, but I didn't really understand the full impact of it until I went outside later. Joe says that our power didn't go out completely until about 8, but it was flickering starting at about 6. I didn't dare wash my hair because I didn't want to get stuck without a way to dry it or make it look somewhat decent. My dad was nice enough to come and drive me to work so that I didn't have to deal with the wind. This is kind of what my porch looked like when I walked outside (I took this picture the next morning), but I think it was a little more covered:
I found it funny because I'd been thinking about sweeping and vacuuming my porch last weekend before winter hits so that it'd be clean, good thing I didn't do that yet!
Here are the remains of the tree that I think caused our power outage. I don't know though because even after crews had repaired that line, we didn't have power. The line above it (if you can see it) is the one it had toppled onto and it was just bouncing up and down a few feet from the ground so my theory is that's what was making it flicker, but I'm probably wrong, that's just my personal explanation.
I spent all day at work in Salt Lake where it was really calm compared to Davis County and frequently saw people's updates on facebook or new pictures on KSL, it was crazy! Joe was working in Centerville at the "truck stop" all day as well. When I got home to no power still, I took a flashlight from my car and went in to get some warm clothes, I'm not sure why, and then met Joe at my parent's to eat dinner and get a little warm because they had a gas stove and my dad set up a decent sized propane heater. When their power finally went on, we decided we'd head home and hope that ours was on too. It's amazing how much more you can see outside at night when you've got streetlights and house lights shining, so we got to see some of the destruction better and it was crazy! We are really glad that we were renting yesterday, that's for sure! We stopped in at Joe's parent's and they had a generator running and were just heading out to go find some food, so we didn't stay long. Luckily, the power was on in the area where Joe needed to fill up his truck, so we were able to stop for gas. Businesses that had power last night were sure lucky, the restaurant parking lots and drive thru windows were packed with people!
When we got closer to home, we realized that we were not going to be one of the lucky ones who had power yet, so we bundled up in lots of layers and watched Elf while we charged our phones using the power that was left on Joe's computer! We had little candles lit on our bedside tables and Joe was hoping that they'd give off a little heat in our 60 degree apartment, but they really didn't. We were warm though under a lot of blankets! After our movie was over, we decided to just go to bed, and while Joe was getting us cold medicine, I started to drift off to sleep and right as I was about to be out, lots of beeping happened and the electronics all started up and there was light so I wasn't asleep anymore, but I was happy! I was glad that we were able to sleep in a warm apartment without a million layers because I'm sure that I would've gotten cold at some point and I was glad that I wasn't going to have to shower in the dark or take my stuff to work early to do my hair this morning!
Here is what the front of our building looks like. We have a lot of pine trees, but none of them toppled over, my dad says because they all are intertwined so they're stronger and less vulnerable to the wind. Someone's siding from across the street we think is in our neighbor's front area, and we can't see the grass because of all of the pine needles, but our area in general, looks pretty clean!