Taking a deep breath, again: Calming (myself) after the storm

We knew rain was coming yesterday. They sky was gray all morning, and I swept up piles of pollen from our deck and dumped them in a large green tub before the storm could blow it everywhere.

The rain started around noon and continued through the night. At 6:00, I got a tornado warning message on my phone. The cell was located just north of me and was heading north. A week or two ago, we got a tornado warning at 4:30 in the morning and we huddled in the hall bathroom until the warning expired. Last night, we decided based on the news that it was okay to continue with dinner. Out our windows, we saw steady but not torrential rain, and little wind.

We were fortunate. Two miles north of me, the roads look like this:

A massive oak tree fell in the storm last night. This is two miles from my house.

A massive oak tree fell in the storm last night. This is two miles from my house.

No one appears to have been injured in the storm, but a tree crushed the roof of a house slightly closer to me, there are many downed trees like this, and power is out in many areas. I’m not taking any chances with any more tornado warnings.

How much rain did we get? This is my weeding bucket from yesterday. It had weeds but no water in it when I went in the house at noon.

Yes, that says 8 1/4 inches of rain.

Yes, that says 8 1/4 inches of rain.

By the way, the rain garden continues to perform brilliantly. No standing water in it this morning, but wow, are the ferns and Iris virginica happy!

Have a safe and happy weekend.