The wind went from zero to 60 in what seemed like a nano-second. Our rainy morning welcomed some clearing skies with gusts of winds that made it nearly impossible for me to get my car door open!
They seemed harmless enough. I sat at my computer about 2pm and while typing away noticed the power flicker on and off several times. Then, everything went dark and stayed dark.
It's not unusual for us to loose power once in a while but I don't think it has ever lasted more than several hours. We have a generator sitting in our back shed that has never been used.
Suddenly fire engines were roaring down our normally empty gravel road. From my window I could see the fire engines. They had stopped just at the bend in the road. About that time my husband said he could see flames.
Of course, we got up and quickly walked up the road to find out what was going on!
Ever since we have lived here people had told us that pine trees were most likely of all trees to blow over. Now we believe them.
One of our neighbors pine trees had blown over and downed our power lines.
The fire would turn on and off as the power surged and the broken electrical lines arced. One minute there would be quiet and the next a large ball of flames.
Unfortunately, all the firemen could do was stand and watch until the Duke Power workers arrived in the middle of the night.
Like most people who live on Lake Norman, we have our own well so when we loose power we also have no water.
As we sat in the dark watching our 4" TV which could get only 3 channels, I couldn't help but think of Ann Cummins, Monika McGillicuddy and others who live in the Northeast and were without power last month for up to 9 days.
It turned out that Duke Power only made our location safe last night so that the firemen could leave and we didn't get our power back until noon today. It was a long 24 hours!
Last night as I was walking back to our house I noticed how beautiful the lake looked. I walked out on the dock and took some photos. But, more importantly, I took the time to truly enjoy the moment. If we hadn't had that fire I would have been at my desk and missed out on this beautiful sunset!