Here's a shot of the clouds rolling in quickly over the city:
Before I knew it, the storm was here and picking up traction fast. Here's a shot of the trees swishing in the wind as I went up to check and make sure the plants weren't getting knocked off the railings:
When all the power went out I decided to just shoot a little video from my phone of what was going on. Please excuse the darkness and Blair Witch-like walking effects — you can also hear Basil's little feet clicking around the house during the dark patches:
Once everything calmed down, Tim came home and we got some shots of the backyard and split tree a little closer up.
One large tree branch cracked off our tree in the backyard, taking out one of the string lights with it...
There must be something about us and major storms since we found this poor little bird's nest knocked out of the tree in our front sidewalk:
Remember the same thing happened with this squirrel's nest in last September's storm?
Tim ended up making a sign for the tree right in front of our house — which hopefully gets the point across not to park under it with a little humor at the same time:
Everyone passing by stops to read it, laughing, then taking a good look at the tree. Tim called the city to let them know about the tree since it's technically on City property — they let us know it will taken care of anytime between now and July 3rd.
It was our first time hanging out in this house without power — we joked as it went further into the evening that this is probably closer to the way things were back when the house was built in 1912.
All in all, we are completely fine and any damage that happened right near our home is minimal and easily fixable — several areas near weren't quite as lucky. This is what happened just down the road from us. We were lucky not to have had worse damage and get our power back within 24 hours — but these things are a little jarring when they happen so quickly without warning!
Click the image below for some storm damage photos from around Richmond:
Anyone else experiencing any summer storms and hot as hot weather of late?