Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Midwest Thunderstorms & Tornados
This a picture of the South Haven lighthouse during the 6-19/20 storms shared on the WWMTV website. I love to watch the lightning shows but this past weekend had more than I want to experience again.
The storms began Thursday evening and the electricity went out over a wide area of SW Michigan. Friday we had a couple of huge limbs down that had to be drug away with the skid steer and of course lots of smaller branches, leaves and just plain sticks. The electricity did come on for a couple of hours but went out again that evening, along with the phone. More large limbs and branches were down Sat am plus a 40 ft Mulberry tree that didn't fall over till later during the night.
We found out Sunday how really blessed we are because a tornado was confirmed 1/4 mile north of us. Several lost barns, buildings and homes. Our phone was back in service Monday about 10 am and the electricity was back on Monday at 6pm. We didn't have any flooding but it rained so hard, both days that the city of Holland had several sections of main city streets with wash outs- that means the ground under the road is washed away and the road collapses.
Sat. a Grand Rapids radio station held the annual free country music show at the Iona Fairgrounds called the B-93 Birthday Bash. The fairgrounds is located along the river, shown in the upper right side of the photo. A dam upstream had to be opened and the event attendees did not have enough time to get out. As of today about a thousand cars are still stranded there, many were fully submerged. photo by Terry and Susan Long of Ionia shared on WWMT site.