What's interesting to note is that it loses instability as it goes over the higher elevations of WV, then gains it back as it goes down into VA.
|pressed peanut sweepings |
I have never seen winds as strong as the winds produced by this storm. Patio fences were easily ripped away and crawling along the apartment complex where I live. I think there are still thousands of people in central Ohio without power.
went right over O'Hare...shocking
|Architeuthis Tux |
I was in Syracuse, NY for the derecho of '98.
Having grown up in tornado country and sat out of a few, I thought I'd seen some nasty weather. The derecho was terrifying. The day after, Syracuse looked like a war zone. Tens of thousands of trees downed, cars crushed, roofs collapsed, it was the closest thing I expect to ever experience to a post-apocalyptic world.
Also in Syracuse for that, it was like camping... but in your own house.. with people stealing from grocery stores... and live downed power lines everywhere
I still have traumatic memories of driving over power lines because there was no other option.
At the time, my wife and I were living in Camillus right next to a power substation, so we had power by morning. The other side of the street did not. And continued not to have power for a full week.
The apartment complex was, essentially, a brick bunker. We didn't suffer much. Our friends who'd just moved into an old Victorian house near the university, on the other hand, had a less good time of it. When we realized the extent of the damage we immediately went over and brought them back to our place.
It was on the way there that we really got a sense of how bad it was. Three full city blocks and only two trees still standing. Cars were smashed everywhere. And of course, the power lines. It's a minor miracle the city didn't burn down.
Oh wait, no it isn't. That requires dry weather.
|Jet Bin Fever |
Thanks to this lovely little doozy I spent half the next day picking up downed limbs and branches. I had it lucky, the next door neighbor had a tree fall on his house.
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