Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Hillcrest Tornado - The Berry Big Storm



Eish, who would have thought that our (once little) village would be making national headlines!!
What a day Friday was. It started with my friend Beryldene and I comparing notes about how lovely the weather was looking (for her it was the 3rd attempt at her sons party!) and we were also celebrating Samantha's 6th Birthday by having a couple of her little friends around for a Strawberry Shortcake tea party. As the day progressed, the weather just got progressively worse. The girls and I got home from school at about 1pm and started setting out everything for the party which was due to start at 2pm. At 1:50 as I was putting the finishing touches on the party packs the electricity went off and the weather turned real Nasty! Never before have I experienced anything like it, and we were not in direct line of the storm. Trees and signage posts were blown down to the ground, almost every house in our estate had roof tile blown off, all the street signs were blown away and the lamps blown down. My garage door doesn't close properly, and someone shouted to me that the garage was flooding. All I could think was "OMG, all the Scrapkits paper had been delivered and was right in front of the garage doors" I don't know how I did it, but I hauled the heavy boxes onto tressil tables so quickly to just get it off the floor. The wind was blowing the rain in through the bottom of the door so it was like a river running through. At the same moment Samanthas friends started arriving and we dished out towels at the front door (which was flooded) to everyone who came inside so they could dry themselves off. Shame the moms relayed the story of how frightening it was driving to our house amidst the chaos, the storm hit so quick, most of them were already on their way to the party before it started. Well the birthday tea party had no tea, (no electricity) but we got through it albeit a bit of a disaster. All I can say is that what we experienced was nothing in comparrison to what the poor people of Molweni experienced. Over 1000 families lost their homes, and 8 people lost their lives in the destruction. Here are some of the photos we took after the storm. 5 days after the Tornado, and we can still hear chainsaws in our neighbourhood as people try and clear the debris from their homes and garens! Click on the image to see it larger (it might take a little while to load up!)

18 comments :

Andrea said...

absolutely terrifying...but at least it got you posting again....hope we don't need another "act of god" before we see the next entry gf (lol)

Cathy said...

Wow that is some storm... Glad that the party still managed to happen though.

Desire Fourie said...

Hi Tracy. So sorry to hear that the tornado has also hit your area. True to a dedicated scrapper ... the first line of salvaging was the cardstock ... well done. Its one thing us humans have no power over and that is the forces of nature. Hugs from Desire

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