dec20 i had heard strong winds in the early morning while i was still in bed. but when i got up all was calm. i put in a laundry and was on fb waiting for the wash to be ready for the dryer when the power went out. it was calm & sunny so i went for a drive. drove to the pub to see if their kitchen was open cos i hadn’t eaten and with the power out couldn’t cook.
parking lot at pub was full cos it was lunch hour so i drove up the road a bit. came to a shaw cable truck parked on left side of road with some green tree tops around the truck but looked like they could have just been pruning.
so i continued driving on the right side of the road. the sun was shining in my face so i didn’t see the drooping wires till i was almost driving into them. i swerved to the right. fortunately the shoulder was flat not a ditch like much of our roads. drove on a bit and came to a large tree blocking the road. not lying on the road but perfectly balanced about 4 feet above the road.
so i turned around and of course came back to the drooping wires which i could now see as the sun was behind me. i looked at them and thought they could maybe touch the roof of my car. but they weren’t broken or spewing just drooping. and i remembered during a lightning storm decades ago my dad saying that during an electric lightening storm the safest place you could be was in your vehicle cos of the rubber tires.
so i took a breath and drove through. went to the pub for a meal. by the time i got home the wind was coming up again. and i guess came up really strongly during the night because the trees that got uprooted were 18-20 inches in diameter. granted we have rocky soil so poor root systems