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. ||