Monday, August 31, 2009
I survived a natural disaster!
On Saturday we went to my Aunt and Uncle's 50th wedding anniversary party. It was at the Canandaigua Yacht Club. It started raining pretty hard, then harder, then all of a sudden it was sideways rain and you couldn't see anything outside through the windows. An alarm went off, but nobody seemed to know what it was, and there was no instruction from the staff at the club. My 93 year old Grandma was sitting in front of a window, and we surrounded her to get her moved (she doesn't move real fast). Don took Wilson on the other side of the room away from the windows, The rain was really loud and absolutely pounding on the windows, and I said "maybe we should go downstairs to the basement". As soon as I said this there was a huge bang, and the rain died down. We could see out the window now, and a Huge tree had fallen right next to us. We went outside. There were several huge chestnut trees all all over the grounds, as we looked to the lake we could see a pile of boats and more strewn across the beach that had been picked up and tossed about. There were a couple that had been tossed out into the lake that were capsized and sinking. We could not believe the damage, and how concentrated it was- a straight line from behind the club house (where we were having our party) to the marina, all the destruction seemed to be a path about 50 yards wide. We later found out the National Weather service said it was a tornado! What are the chances of being smack dab in the middle of a tornado?!! We finished the party- we couldn't get out because of all the downed trees. The electric was out, but the bar was open and there was much to talk about! It was the most interesting anniversary party I have ever been to!