Meredith 🦋

6 months ago

Hello IG peeps 👋🏻 If you saw my stories last week, you’ll know why I’ve been MIA. Here are some stats on the macroburst that came to our small town for all of 5 minutes (or less) and left a such a devastating impression that I couldn’t bring myself to do something as light and self-serving as post photos or even browse others’
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(Stats for our town only):
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* 1 life lost ... a mother of 2 young boys (ill spare you the tragic details of this) 😔🙏🏻
* 30+ homes a total loss (don’t know how many were damaged)
* Winds: 110 mph (Hurricane Sandy’s strongest wind was 85 mph)
* 288 miles of power lines down (that’s twice the length of Connecticut !)
* 419 broken power poles
* 121 blown power transformers
* 628 trees downed (that are visible from the roads in our heavily wooded town)
* 61 roads blocked (by several trees each)
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Life moves forward. It won’t be normal for many for a long time and I’m sure thunderstorms and high winds will have an effect on us for a long time, but the worst is behind us and, as in every tragedy, humanity showed us its best side in the aftermath. People helping people ... it’s a beautiful thing.
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On my road alone, there were a dozen + tree/wire/pole gnarled obstacles that a group of neighbors with chainsaws and excavators cleared paths through, because we were trapped (some of these trees were old and massive and needed heavy equipment just to move the small, cut chunks). It was so inspiring to see my neighbors come together like that. I have a photo in my archived stories of the final tree being cut and about 50 or 60 neighbors watching in awe.
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The miracles of survival I’ve heard are truly heart stopping. This storm descended upon us during the most highly trafficked time of day. Trees dropped in front of and behind and next to so many drivers, while their lives were spared.
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Make every moment count, people.
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|| This photo is from my beloved Switzerland 🇨🇭 Seeing it brings me peace. ||
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#withmytamron #wherelumixgoes

Hello IG peeps 👋🏻 If you saw my stories last week, you’ll know why I’ve been MIA. Here are some stats on the macroburst that came to our small town for all of 5 minutes (or less) and left a such a devastating impression that I couldn’t bring myself to do something as light and self-serving as post photos or even browse others’ . (Stats for our town only): . * 1 life lost ... a mother of 2 young boys (ill spare you the tragic details of this) 😔🙏🏻 * 30+ homes a total loss (don’t know how many were damaged) * Winds: 110 mph (Hurricane Sandy’s strongest wind was 85 mph) * 288 miles of power lines down (that’s twice the length of Connecticut !) * 419 broken power poles * 121 blown power transformers * 628 trees downed (that are visible from the roads in our heavily wooded town) * 61 roads blocked (by several trees each) . Life moves forward. It won’t be normal for many for a long time and I’m sure thunderstorms and high winds will have an effect on us for a long time, but the worst is behind us and, as in every tragedy, humanity showed us its best side in the aftermath. People helping people ... it’s a beautiful thing. . On my road alone, there were a dozen + tree/wire/pole gnarled obstacles that a group of neighbors with chainsaws and excavators cleared paths through, because we were trapped (some of these trees were old and massive and needed heavy equipment just to move the small, cut chunks). It was so inspiring to see my neighbors come together like that. I have a photo in my archived stories of the final tree being cut and about 50 or 60 neighbors watching in awe. . The miracles of survival I’ve heard are truly heart stopping. This storm descended upon us during the most highly trafficked time of day. Trees dropped in front of and behind and next to so many drivers, while their lives were spared. . Make every moment count, people. . || This photo is from my beloved Switzerland 🇨🇭 Seeing it brings me peace. || . #withmytamron #wherelumixgoes

65 Comments

holaka181

holaka181

@butterfly109 your ******** is such a beautiful thing

6 months ago

iheart_alfresco_photos

iheart_alfresco_photos

Just reading this and getting acquainted with your page. Mostly left speechless from this, but Powerful is the word that kept coming to mind with this story. I realized it Applies to the storm, the devastation, your words, this image, the message of hope and love, of God’s power to rescue and restore... Thank you for sharing.💕

6 months ago

butterfly109

butterfly109

@iheart_alfresco_photos thank you for such a thoughtful response. I can easily see that you get all of it and I very much appreciate that in a person — the understanding empathy of image and words and symbolism. 🙏🏻💝

6 months ago

butterfly109

butterfly109

@holaka181 not sure I always deserve the kind words and praise you give me, Howard, but I’m doing my best! 😌🙏🏻

6 months ago

butterfly109

butterfly109

@anakincr2 ahh thank you, Camacho!! Your words mean so much to me. And yes! The crocus is usually the first sign of life after winter ... you are spot on with that symbolism. Hope, a word I don’t use often, except in this context of seeing and believing in positive things after tragedy ... and creating those things, as well. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

6 months ago

butterfly109

butterfly109

@holaka181 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻😊

6 months ago

holaka181

holaka181

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

6 months ago

rachelnyssen

rachelnyssen

Just wow. What an account. Saw your stories, so glad to hear so many were safe. 🙏

6 months ago

michaeldockhamphoto

michaeldockhamphoto

What a horrific storm. Tough to comprehend it arrived so quickly and so devastating. A beautiful image to accommodate the tragedy.

6 months ago

egmnunln

egmnunln

Love this wonderful view dear 😊

5 months ago

butterfly109

butterfly109

@holaka181 ************************

5 months ago

butterfly109

butterfly109

@rachelnyssen Thank you, Rachel! Me, too! 🙏🏻

5 months ago

butterfly109

butterfly109

@michaeldockhamphoto You are so right about that. It was over before we even realized what was happening! And thank you ... that’s my happy place 😀

5 months ago

butterfly109

butterfly109

@egmnunln Thank you, E! The caption tells you why I missed so many of your beautiful photos. 💞

5 months ago

whiskyfordinner

whiskyfordinner

This story is just incredible. I’m so glad you’re okay, M.

5 months ago

butterfly109

5 months ago

butterfly109

butterfly109

@whiskyfordinner oh man, Craig! You and me both!! We have lots of thanks to give.

5 months ago

berit_kristiansen88

5 months ago

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