Augusta County photos: Thunderstorm damage in our yard

By Lynn R. Mitchell

??????????The thunderstorm that rolled through my part of Augusta County west of Staunton around 3:30 Saturday afternoon took down two trees and caused more tree and fence damage. This, however, was one lucky car. The Bradford pear tree snapped off at the roots and fell neatly beside the car, not on it.

??????????The storm with thunder, lightning, heavy rain, and destructive winds came out of the north so all damage in our yard was on the north end. Tree tops were broken out, limbs and leaves scattered and plastered all over the yard, outdoor furniture leaf-covered, flowering annuals pummeled, and small branches everywhere. We’ve got some work to do. Temperatures dropped from 86 to 66 degrees.

??????????Deck furniture was covered in leaves and flower blossoms.

??????????The back yard looking toward the vegetable garden.

??????????The Bradford pear is partially blocking the driveway. Bright side: firewood!

??????????I’m not surprised at the damage because the wind was ferocious. We’ve got some work to do cleaning up this mess.

??????????Precision fall in the midst of a wild storm.

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??????????As I walked around the yard, thunder could be heard toward the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east.

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??????????Limbs damaged the building and garden fence. If you’re wondering why it’s so tall, I have one word: deer. It works.

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??????????Big limbs in the garden. Not to worry … they fell in areas where old plants have already been pulled up. Tomatoes and peppers are safe and sound.

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Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell
September 6, 2014

Cross-posted at SWAC Girl

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2 thoughts on “Augusta County photos: Thunderstorm damage in our yard

  1. […] It was drizzly earlier this morning and the temp at mid-afternoon is a cool 70 degrees. Rain passed south of Charlottesville so it’s looking good for the game — overcast and cool. Almost exactly a year ago (September 6th), SWAC Niece’s dad and SWAC Husband went to the game in the blazing 95-degree heat while here in the Valley a thunderstorm roared through the area leaving down trees and debris in its wake (see Strong line of thunderstorms moves through Augusta County and Augusta County photos: Thunderstorm damage in our yard). […]

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