Toto, We're Not in Kansas Anymore!

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Second Self Virtual Assistance

Southern California experienced torrential rains yesterday.  No, not just some rain.  We had actual thunder, lightning, hail, flooding, heavy downpour and even a tornado here and there.  We even had a tornado watch going on yesterday afternoon.  I was waiting for Elmira Gulch (Margaret Hamilton) to come riding by my window on her bicycle with Toto in the basket.  Craziness!  In the afternoon, this was just a taste of what we experienced:

It was over in about an hour.  After evening fell, so did more rain.  We had this going on:

Lightning was almost hitting the hills behind our house.  Thunder rolled on and on, sounding alot like the jets we hear every so often from March Air Reserve Base located about a mile and a half south of our home.  There's supposed to be an even heavier cell headed our way later this afternoon.  Suffice it to say, Toto, we're not in Kansas anymore!

Heather Chavez, Real Estate Virtual Assistant - Second Self Virtual Assistance: When There Isn't Enough of You to Go Around!

Comments (17)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Heather,

What a fun post, yes it was pouring here in Santa Barbara also...It was amazing rain!  all the best in 2010.

Jan 20, 2010 02:32 AM
Michael A. Caruso
Surterre Properties - Laguna Niguel, CA
Heather, It was really bad! My wife had to drive up to L.A. in the middle of the heaviest downpour. She said it was like driving in a hurricane...I heard it's supposed to be worse on Thursday. Be careful driving! Michael
Jan 20, 2010 02:35 AM
Heather Chavez
Second Self Virtual Assistance - Caldwell, ID
Real Estate Virtual, Assistant (928) 692-3235

It doesn't look like it is going to be letting up anytime soon either, Ron & Alexandra.  I've got my Flip camera charged and ready to go to capture anything else.

Jan 20, 2010 02:38 AM
Heather Chavez
Second Self Virtual Assistance - Caldwell, ID
Real Estate Virtual, Assistant (928) 692-3235

I'm glad your wife got through OK, Michael.  I have a friend who lives in Orange.  Her son's high school was on lockdown because of the tornado warnings and winds.  We're supposed to be hit with the hardest one this afternoon.  Luckily, I will be back from picking my son up from school before then.

Jan 20, 2010 02:39 AM
Roy A. Peterson
Domicile Analysis of Texas - El Paso, TX
P.R.E.I.

Heather, I'm hearing on the new, that California is under flash flood warning for today and some areas are in danger of mud slides. Its raining a little here in El Paso and cold.

Jan 20, 2010 02:48 AM
Gary Swanson
Century 21 Harris & Taylor - Grants Pass, OR
Hi Heather, It looks like you're going to be getting more rain again today. The really bad stuff didn't make it as far north as Southern Oregon, we're just getting the high winds.
Jan 20, 2010 02:58 AM
Heather Chavez
Second Self Virtual Assistance - Caldwell, ID
Real Estate Virtual, Assistant (928) 692-3235

With all the wildfires we had in the summer and fall, Roy, there is not much undergrowth going on to soak up the rainfall.  So, flash flood warnings are definitely par for the course here.  We have an alternate route to go to my son's school in case the road is washed out.

Jan 20, 2010 03:25 AM
Heather Chavez
Second Self Virtual Assistance - Caldwell, ID
Real Estate Virtual, Assistant (928) 692-3235

This time, Gary, the news people are justified to be on "Storm Watch 2010".  Usually, a few raindrops and people get all crazy.  This time, it IS crazy!

Jan 20, 2010 03:25 AM
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"
Heather The weather forecasts for the west coast are really frightening
Jan 20, 2010 04:16 AM
Heather Chavez
Second Self Virtual Assistance - Caldwell, ID
Real Estate Virtual, Assistant (928) 692-3235

They're especially frightening when you live here, Karen.  :)

Jan 20, 2010 04:36 AM
Chris Fisher
Your Virtual Assistant - Concord, CA
Here too! It was nuts! Chris
Jan 20, 2010 05:03 AM
Diane Daley
Caron's Gateway Real Estate - Northumberland, NH
Looks like some really soggy times, bad storms can cause a tremendous amount of damage...
Jan 20, 2010 06:44 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Heather--Please stay safe & hopefully dry, but that sounds like an impossibility givent the forecast for the next few days.  I will be thinking of you and the guys.  All's quiet in the east right now.  Snow is slowly melting or compacting.  Maybe I shoud go for a walk before dark, but first I have to play in the Rain at AR.

Jan 20, 2010 07:33 AM
Irene Tron
Valparaiso, IN

That sure was some loud thunder!  We are getting freezing rain through tomorrow but no thunderstorms.  Be careful and stay safe.

Jan 20, 2010 02:10 PM
Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation
RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate - Victoria, BC
Accredited Real Estate Consultant

Hi Heather..do you suppose somebody upset the Gods, or maybe the Gardens needed some water, certainly good for keeping the fires at bay

Jan 20, 2010 03:23 PM
Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon
Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd - Westminster, CO
Helping people Transition at all ages!

Heather...The heavy rains in CA are certainly causing alot of problems----And as that rain moves eastward into the AZ mountains, it turns into snow.  We are getting dumped on here!  Stay warm and dry!

Cosmic Cow

Jan 21, 2010 03:36 AM
Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956 - New City, NY
Real Estate Salesperson

Heather - your storms, together with the snows and rains in AZ, make me feel blessed.  FOr today at least we've got sunny skies and over freezing temperatures.

Jan 21, 2010 04:04 AM