Monday, July 26, 2010

We Were Hit With Storm Damage!

Sunday afternoon between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. a strong cold front moved south from Pennsylvania into Maryland where the afternoon humid, high temperature was around 101F (Heat Index of 108F). The hot, unstable air-mass set the stage for severe thunderstorms with microbursts and wind gusts near 70 mph. One of those 70 mph wind gusts tore all of the shingles, tarpaper and nails out of the roof of our new (14 month old) dormer and back of the roof (which is 18 months new). The storm caused our new dormer to leak, too. We didn't discover it, though until around 7pm when we were coming back from walking the dogs (since the post-storm temperature had dropped to 76F). Here are photos of the event, starting with 1) the Beautiful sky during sunset, hours after the storm had passed.
2) Pictures of the roof damage and the roof being repaired today (Tom and I had to take the day off to get it organized and help the contractor
3) Severe tree damage in the neighborhood.
4) We suffered a Power Outage from 3:30pm until around midnight. Luckily the power returned (cable/internet was out all day).
5) We contacted two of our neighbors that live on other streets where the power hasn't returned, and we had Elvina over for breakfast (she said she was craving coffee and a bagel, poor thing!), and Susan and her dog Zack over for dinner. They were both told their power would be back on by 5:30 p.m. If it doesn't come on, they may both come back to spend the night in air conditioning. This was a tough storm.
6) Our friends Tom and Rebecca sent us a photo of lightning associated with the same cold front once it reached South Carolina (where they live)

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Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next