Monday, October 31, 2011

Trick or Treat

I'm sure that for years to come we will remember this Halloween Nor'Easter. It started snowing at noon on Saturday, heavy wet snow that lasted all day and into the night. The official total for my city was 17.2 inches. That's a lot of snow even in the middle of winter, but in the fall when most of the leaves are still on the trees, it's a disaster. You could hear the trees snapping all day long. I live in a wonderful condo complex of town houses and stand-alone homes, such as I have. Each house and town house has a tree in front, mostly Bradford Pears. They are a pretty tree with shiny heart shaped leaves that bloom in the spring with lovely white flowers. The leaves are long lasting and one of the last to fall in the autumn.

This is what I saw when I looked out the door yesterday morning. A huge limb was across the walk and up on my porch. fortunately it did no damage to the house. I was able to squeeze past the limb and get off the side off the porch.

This is the view of the front of the house. It actually is worse than it looks. About 2/3 of the tree came down and the tree will have to be removed.

My next door neighbor who is in Florida. He lost two trees.

My neighbor on the other side of me.

Up and down the street it was the same thing.

A few of the town houses. Just about every tree in the whole community had extensive damage and will have to be removed. I shudder to think of the expense.

We do have underground wires, that's a good thing, but we lost power anyway because the road leading to our community had massive trees down on power lines. It went out at 6PM on Saturday evening, thankfully just after I had eaten dinner. I read my Kindle by using the little battery light attached and went to bed early. I woke up to a cold house and it stayed that way all day. We were so thrilled to have the power back by 7PM, only 25 hours of cold and dark. Many people all over the area are still out and may be for days.

The mayor has advised the children not to Trick or Treat tonight, a big disappointment to them I'm sure. I hope you're having a better Halloween.


Sue said...

Stunning !! After Irene hit in Aug. you'd think that all the weak trees would have fallen. Guess this time, even the young and strong were taken. You are sooooo fortunate to get your power back so quickly.

Ethne said...

This is just amazing - it makes you wonder what winter has in store for us all

Martha said...

Norma, how sad to lose those beautiful trees. I knew ice could break limbs but didn't realize what this much snow could do. Glad you have power back; stay in and make something beautiful!

Cindy said...

Glad you are alright and there was no damage to the house! Your pictures really capture the devastation we experienced here too. We just got our power back on today after 3 days. The heat sure feels good!

lcroswell said...

Oh my! We passed through CT today on our way home from MD and saw the devastation first hand. We delivered a generator to our son in Roxbury who expects to be without power til Sunday. We brought a unit from MD because there are none left for sale in CT. Glad you are safe and sound. I am surprised how many oak trees succumbed to the weight of the snow. Those beautiful shapely Bradford Pears are notorious for being very dense and susceptible to high wind and heavy snow.

Anita said...

Yikes Norma! I am saving a few of these photos to remind myself why I should be happy to be in AZ instead of back in CT. (I still miss it though)