Posted by: Small House Under a Big Sky Homestead | June 13, 2013

The Big Wind

It hit about 3 a.m. last night, a big storm with straight line winds that came off of the Lake Michigan and right down 109th Ave rushing past our home. This meant 3″ to 5″ of rain and winds that were almost 60 miles per hour.

Almost 10,000 are without power in my county alone.


This big branch almost totally hides our LP tank.

The sound of that wind was nothing I had ever heard before and woke me from a deep sleep. I lay in our bed, listening to the loud wind rushing by my home praying that nothing would come crashing through our window. I could hear “things” hitting the side of the house, which was pretty scary let mw tell you. We sleep on the west side of our ranch home and that happens to be the side nearest Lake Michigan, just 17 miles away.

I was up on and off throughout the night making sure all the electronic were unplugged, checking windows and our three-season’s porch as I feared that glass was cracking and water was streaming through. My husband, a deep sleeper, slept through the entire event, per usual.


This image does not do justice to the amount of litter now laying on our lawn.

I imagined our garden trellis’s blowing over, leaves and twigs everywhere requiring hours of clean up – the “norm” after a big storm here. We had had some warning so we brought in the pots of basil and put several movable flowering pots in the pole barn. We also tried covering the too big to move pots with a tarp weighed down by stone (that did not work!)

Apparently we are one of the lucky few with power in our country neighborhood. And it could have been a LOT worse as only a large limb came down on top of  large LP tank less than 3 ft. from where I was sleeping. Luckily the limb didn’t hurt anything. Amerigas came out and locked off the LP tank so that Gene and his friend Barry could use a chain saw near the tank. without blowing up the house. No cooking though for a few days until the job is done and they unlock it again.


Just a taste of the damage to the small house land.

This morning as dawn arrives the birds are singing. I’m heading out with the lawn cart, a rake and gloves for the big clean up. It’s going to require many days of raking and clean-up but it could have been so much worse.

Small House / Big Sky Donna

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