Well, we knew we were in for some rain last Monday evening as it was in the forecast. Actually, there had been some showers the night before but nothing much so to speak of. I had just cleared away our dinner dishes when Benno called me to come outside. Immediately I knew why as I saw the pitch-black sky to the Northwest. A storm was imminent and we heard the wind howling and whistling as it started blowing like crazy, and we guess it must have been at least somewhere at 100 miles per hour. First my big, 2 feet tall flowerpots took off landing several feet away on the lawn joining ripped off branches and leaves from trees from the neighborhood. Within seconds all hell had broken loose and during the downpour we grabbed what we could.
Our concern was the travel trailer as the storm was so powerful that the trailer was almost pushed off the front stand. It is parked on the concrete driveway and took the full brunt of the wind as it moved a foot. The ground next to it is much lower toward the property fence. Benno installed the towing hitch to our pickup truck in record time, turned the truck around and then hooked it up to the trailer all while it poured by the bucket full and pulled the trailer back. I was busy picking up things that had become airborne. By the time the travel trailer was secure, Benno was soaked and the wind had eased up.
To our dismay we discovered that three sections of our perfectly good wooden fence were lying on the ground. The wind had been so forceful blowing over the cornfield that it had snapped off two of the 4x4 posts at ground level and ripping the panels off the sides.
Later on I found a vent cover from our boat’s shrink-wrap cover two properties over in the grass where it had landed after it was blown out. So, cleanup is done, but the fence will take some time to repair.
|Benno took the fence apart to be reinstalled with new posts|
I am sure that the tomato farmers were scrambling as well to get the harvest into their trailers and to the processing plants before they were all rained out. The sun is out again and there are still plenty of tomatoes on the fields.
There are trailers heaped with tomatoes all over town This trailer is waiting for unloading at the Weil's processing plant
|This "oops" was parked just about half a mile before the processing plant|
As to Benno’s ongoing work-hobby, we are waiting for the powder-coated pieces to be reinstalled. But here are a few photos of the engine compartment as it is right now. Soon, we hope, this part of the boat will be completed, so stay tuned.
Here is a peak into the engine compartment Grouping of diesel fuel polishing pump, filter & engine supply filter
|Carter P4601HP Electric Vane Fuel Pump 100gal/hr|
that will pump cleaned diesel fuel into the day tank
Thanks for stopping by again.
Thanks for stopping by again.
Yikes, that was quite the storm but I guess it could have been much worse. Looking forward to seeing the boat progress!ReplyDelete
Those were some freak gusts we had and I am glad we were home to prevent further damage.Delete
Wow ... that was a crazy storm. Glad the fence was all that blew over.ReplyDelete
Yep, me too. Hopefully it won't happen again.Delete
Whew! Big blows like that are just flat-out scary. Glad most everything survived, and quick action by Benno to square away the trailer situation.ReplyDelete
Yes, and we boaters know how powerful the wind can be.Delete
The few hard gusts we had moved our outdoor table and chairs but Leamington being closer to Lake Erie is known to get much higher winds. You were lucky it was only the fence and not the Travel Trailer.ReplyDelete
Be Safe and Enjoy working on the boat.
It's about time.
You got that right. I wonder if the fence hadn't stopped the blow what would have happened to the trailer.Delete
Now that was a storm. We had our fence blown in twice because of wind. Your trailer could have been a disaster. So glad it was safe, the fence can be repaired but not so easily the RV. FYI I am no longer receiving new posts by you and others on Blogger. I will try and resubscribe.ReplyDelete
I guess it was our turn to get some wind damage as neighbours had some in previous years around this time of year. Blogger does no longer give email notifications of new postings.Delete
Oh my goodness!! Just catching up with your news. That's a shame.ReplyDelete
Mother Nature sure has fury at times. Glad you are both safe and the damage can be repaired.
Fury is the right description you made of what happened. The repairs are underway.Delete