Living in Ohio all my life, I’ve never really experienced many storms with really strong winds. That changed when the remnants of hurricane Ike came roaring through the Midwest on September 14th 2008. Ike first slammed into the south Texas coast the day before and proceeded to cut a swath of destruction from the gulf coast through the Midwest and into New York leaving an estimated 2 million people without power (324,000 in Ohio).
I’ve seen thunderstorms that turned the sky black, swayed the trees and dumped a bunch of rain and hail on us—but this had none of that. It consisted solely of high winds. Very little if any rain, occasionally the sun was out. The winds exceeded speeds of 70MPH and ravaged everything—leaving downed power lines and trees, damaged homes, and left many powerless. My neighbors and I fared better than many, although our lights flickered and we lost power for 20 minutes, everything quickly popped back to life and was fine for the duration. Aside from a hellacious mess to clean up, re-hanging my Chinese Wisteria and a drain-spout to replace, my house weathered the storm well. Many weren’t so lucky and sustained major damage and losses as well as having no power.
Now in Dayton, 6 days later—power, city and cable crews are struggling to reconnect everyone to the grid. 130,000 or so still are without power. People are grumpy in general as they notice neighbors across the street have electric but they continue on in the dark. Many streets are still difficult to navigate because of fallen trees and strangely dark at night. Driving away from the Dayton Mall area on Monday night was very odd, that whole area was dark.
Stores have replennished supplies that were thrown out prior to spoiling while their power was out and most schools and businesses are now back on line today. Hours after the storm gas shot up $ .40 a gallon or more. Many stations didn’t have electric to pump the fuel so it was hard to find in some cases. Batteries, ice, chainsaws, generators and prepared meals are all impossible to find. A steady buzz of chainsaws, chippers and power company truck sounds fill the air wherever you are in the Dayton and surrounding areas.
I’m pretty much cleaned up, I’ll attempt to re-hang my whisteria tomorrow, it appears to just have pulled it’s support down rather than being damaged. Hope it makes it the front of the house looks strange without it there.
Here’s a few more videos and photos.