Jul 10, 2009

When lightening strikes!!

In the wee hours of Wednesday morning, during an amazing thunderstorm, one of the huge pine trees in my backyard was struck!!
I must say that the sight of the damage to that tree was shocking. I finally realized the power behind such forces of nature.
Thank goodness I've got a camera with an awesome zoom on it since this tree is very tall. The zoom allowed me to get a more detailed shot of the damage to the top.

When looked at up close it almost looks as if the lightening spun all around it.
The two long gashes that are side by side in one shot are actually on the rear side of the tree.

There is a big long hit near the bottom on the front side that seemed to be the place where the lightening left and hit the ground....because from the base of the tree there is a long slice through the plastic landscaping material under the gravel near the picnic table that carries through until it reaches the grass.
I don't have a clue where it went from there, but a number of electrical things in the house became affected. One of which was my modem that was blown (luckily I had the computer off and it didn't follow through) and the battery in the handset of the cordless phone was blown out. I've only just gotten back online after waiting two days for the service person to come out and get everything running again.
He could see some of the burnt out connections out on the pole where the electric charge ran out to. I'm just lucky there wasn't more damage done.

I put in one picture that I took from the front yard looking over the roof of the breezeway and garage at the tree that was hit just to show you how close this actually was to the house.

My next job is to see if this poor tree is going to have to come down. I have no idea just yet if it will survive this hit.

Well...fingers crossed that the old saying "lightening never hits twice in the same place" is true!!


roc said...

wowee...that is so amazing that it didn't hit the house and hit the tree instead. how lucky for you!

Outstanding Stranger said...

Wow Wanda....were you home when it hit? It must have made a fierce noise. Glad everyone was alright but it looks like that tree will have to come down. It looks close to the house and a strong wind might make the top blow out...

WW said...

yep...I was home.
It was approx. 3am. As for "noise"...fierce would be an understatement.
Glad we were alright...but sadly, I'm not sure the tree will make it.

julie king said...

that is so scary. i bet the noise was incredible when it hit!! glad you're all ok.

Sarah (wonderstrumpet) said...

Wow... I'm glad you personally took no lasting damage - it could have been SO much worse. Poor tree! ouch!

Jennifer Williams said...

Wow. I'm glad to hear only the tree got hurt. It could have been much, much worse.

I hope the tree will make it. It's such a shame when they have to come down.

Mary said...

Glad it didn't come down on top of the house! Hopefully the tree will make it. You'd be surprised what they can put up with.

WW said...

Mary....I certainly hope you're right.