The Six Minute Storm
The local weatherman gave us the heads up on the 30 mile-per-hour winds that hit northern Arizona yesterday. We tackled outside chores in the morning. Once the high winds picked up, we hunkered down for an afternoon date with homemade chicken soup and a Tom Hanks movie. We expected the windy weather, not like two weeks ago!
I Remember that Night!
I still remember that evening and reaching up into the cabinet and placing the last dish away after dinner. Without warning, the power went off. I had an eerie feeling.
My husband came in the back door telling me about the six-minute wind gust that bent the posture of our sturdy pines. I heard it, too! We exchanged surprised expressions because the weather turned severe for only minutes. The evening started out calm and the sun began to set when those dark dramatic clouds came out of nowhere.
As I grabbed flashlights and candles for an evening of total quiet, he immediately addressed his respiratory issues. His backup breathing equipment worked but with weak readings so we called the kids. One town over, they had power! Tom packed up his gear and left for the kids’ home while I called the power company and learned that power won’t return for eight hours. I crawled into bed and fell asleep until 2:30 a.m. when electrical sounds and lights woke me.
The next morning, local Facebook friends shared photos of damage such as my friend whose tree uprooted and fell across her backyard. Many asked which contractors repair roof shingles. My son-in-law found reports that the winds climbed to 60 miles per hour for those few minutes. A town south of us reported a higher number than that and sustained more damage.
There’s Always Good in the Bad if We Look For it.
I’m learning to be thankful for the hidden blessings even in a storm!
- Nobody was hurt.
- We learned that the battery operated backup respiratory system only had a loose connection! We never thought to test it in safe times. Now we know to do that.
- Our local contractors had more work than they could handle and made a ton of extra money.
- My husband decided to replace our shingles after studying an instructional You Tube. He purchased safety equipment and climbed up on the roof. He discovered our roof is in better condition than he originally thought!
Times like this teach me about priorities and preparedness. There’s a lesson in everything if we look for it.
What lesson have you learned from a storm?