Sunday wasn't too eventful, anyplace, though I did have some nice CE classes.
Monday, the girls didn't have school, which made spouse happy, since he'd have had to get up more than an hour earlier than usual to drive them. He headed off to work, because I swear that Sears would stay open through anything if they thought a single customer might show up. But the Governor was closing the road to all but emergency vehicles at 1pm, so they let folks go. Husband got home before the bridge was closed and shortly after that they lost power for half an hour or so. It was back for less than an hour when it went out again, this time for good.
I got back to my B&B a bit before 5 so I could change for the dinner at 6. My phone had decided to eat it's battery that morning, so I hadn't been in contact with anyone since noon, when they lost power and internet access. (Facebook is a great way to text when your phone isn't working.) I called home to see how things were going, and spouse says, you know how you've been concerned about the willow?
As far as we can tell the only damage at all from the storm to the house is to one of the railing uprights where it was hit by part of the tree. I have several 2x2s in the shed, so that will be very easy to replace. The privacy fence is pretty much destroyed, except for the panel closest to the road, which happens to be one I had wanted to take down since it makes it hard to see what is coming when you are pulling out of the drive. The drive is past the tree, behind where the car is. In all previous storms with high winds or lots of rain, including Irene, we'd ended up with a lot of that tree in our yard, but it was all the front yard and/or the driveway. So we'd decided to pull the car further towards the back of the yard. If we'd parked it in the usual spot it wouldn't have been touched.
As it is:
Here is a shot from the street:
And from our 2nd floor window:
And lastly a really good shot of the inside of the willow which explains why it came down at 4:15 on Monday, before the winds had even really picked up:
Today, the neighbor and their insurance folks and tree folks came over to assess the damage, and then came back later with a chainsaw and a bolt cutter and excavated the car and the back porch. The car has a pretty massive dent in the roof (on the inside you can see a definite drop and the light is kind of loose), and the back window is broken, probably because of the piece of tree which went through it. However all the other windows are intact, and all the doors open and close just fine. So it's going to the insurance adjuster on Saturday to see whether they think it's worth fixing, which they won't, because it's a 16yo Subaru, however, as long as it's safe to drive, we'll just get the rear window fixed, and plan to replace it next spring after we finish paying off the other car. We've driven another car for over a year after it was supposedly totalled, so keep your fingers crossed that the roof damage is just "cosmetic".