We had just started eating when a hard gust of wind blew through, and we looked up, and a dark fringe of cloud was pulling quickly across the sky from the west. Bobby suggested that we should probably head in (because we've been caught in sudden storms mid-supper before, and it is not fun), and by the time we packed up the tray and carried it inside--two minutes tops--the wind was blowing so hard that it tipped over a chair in the yard. I went out back to lower the patio umbrella, lost a shoe, started to put it back on, saw how fast the wind was blowing and decided the shoe could wait because I did not want to be outside longer than I had to be futzing with a damn shoe.
I haven't seen the trees thrash like that since Hurricane Sandy came through two years ago. (We only got the edges of it with tropical storm-force winds.) Apparently, the storm produced gusts here at 60 mph/96 kph (in Cumberland, out west from us, the same line of storms produced a 75 mph/120 kph gust, so we are actually lucky). It tore a branch out of our neighbors' big maple trees across the street that was itself the size of a small tree. Of course, it fell across our driveway. The same trees lost a smaller branch that fell into our front yard, and one of our maples lost a small branch as well. Bobby and I were cutting up the big branch to try to get it out of the road, since half of the road was blocked, and thankfully one of our neighbors came by and helped Bobby to drag it out of our driveway and into the yard far enough that it was no longer in the road.
It is still night-dark outside and softly thundering.
ETA ... and apparently the storms knocked down a tree at a summer camp in town, and it fell on a
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