So... early Friday morning I was pulled from my sleep at about 2:00 a.m. by horribly loud thunderstorm.
One of the loudest t-storms I've ever heard. And from what I've seen, nowhere does t-storms as well as the midwest.
Outside of my alarm clock blinking 12:00 when my cellphone went off, I didn't think anything more about it, until I stepped outside to go to work.
This was in the bed of my truck. Picture snapped after I removed it:
And on the hood:
So, I started to look around. New neighbor - just closed on the house this week. This was after some work was done - half of a tree landed on the Rolla:
The rest of my yard:
Brand new street sign, just got it last week:
So, I decided to take my wife to work (she works at the University of Northern Iowa, which it turns out was right in the path of the worst of the storm). I couldn't get pics of the worst affected areas, as the streets were impassable, and I don't own a chainsaw (plus, I had to be at work soon).
Some pics of the trip:
Whoops, have to go a different way. Road closed:
UNIdome in the background. Hard to see, but this is the practice football field and outdoor track field. Note the goal post.
And some good old-fashioned tree carnage:
I guess what we had was a downburst. I've heard estimations that at the center, the straight-line winds were about 130 MPH. My truck has some scratches and dings on it that it didn't before.... but compared to the numerous crushed cars I've seen, I think it fared pretty well.