Monday, July 09, 2012
My son and daughter in law live in Fredricksburg, VA, about 30 miles from me. Last evening we all had very bad storms, but they got hit the worst. My son called me telling me they had golf ball sized hail and torrential winds, trees down in his and neighbors yards. He lost power as we talked. Later he and his wife went out to survey the damage. Only 1 block from their home, a "microburst" destroyed a thankfully only small area.
Fortunately, they are fine. The white building, which was all brick, lost its roof and part of it collapsed inside where a group of cheerleaders were there for practice. There were 8 injuries, but everyone will be ok. Multiple small business in a little strip were damaged extensively also and many homes in the neighborhood that weren't in the line of attack still had a lot of tree and wind damage.
Just goes to show you how you need to pay attention to the storm warnings and really do what they say. I started getting emergency texts on my phone 30 minutes prior to the event, warning of the danger and the need to take cover.