We woke up April 3 about 1:30 a.m. to very
hail. It seemed to go on and on and on.
It was also very
We did go back to sleep and when we woke up, we saw that we still had no electricity. I looked south of us and it was all total darkness. No streetlights, no houses had lights. When it got light we were able to see if we had any damage.
We didn't, except for a bird feeder.
It was smashed when it fell from our deck.
I got on Facebook to see if anyone had posted anything. There were so many posts!! People were saying that it looked like a tornado had hit town. (It didn't. They are calling them micro bursts of wind gusts 80-100 mph.) Many people were posting about fences down, broken windows, etc.
The Pizza Hut to the left and Midway Motors to the right both sustained quite a bit of damage.
Staying out of the way of any electric or roofing people, we stopped in our kids' old neighborhood to see how their old house held up.
Here is our daughter's old house.
Growing up in Japan, I saw lots of shows about Godzilla.
These scenes looked like he had tromped through Newton.
I have to show this photo below. One day, the kids had been playing with these dinosaurs. When I walked into the kitchen, my husband had posed these guys like this on the counter! He has such a sense of humour!
China Inn destroyed.
Thank you to our wonderful power and light companies for working so hard! We were out for 12 hours. Some may be out until Monday or Tuesday. Over 7000 without power in our town and more in Wichita area. Our son-in-law's parents came to spend the night as they were still without power.
These guys are missing out on Easter with their families.
The home where Dad lives was without power also, although they had the generator going (for very important things). Dad had to sit in his wheelchair and not in his power recliner, as it didn't have power! His room was fairly dark, with only the light from the window. But the workers were working really hard to keep the residence calm and to get them fed. So grateful for them. My Dad wasn't upset in the least. He was kind of chuckling about it all.
An Easter weekend to remember. A different kind of day for all of us. A young mom friend of mine wrote on Face book "Has anyone else thought of the coincidence of so many people losing power on Good Friday? I can't stop thinking what it must have been like on the 'original' Good Friday when the whole world went dark; no sun, no light at all."