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Crazy storms! Microbursts are not a good thing!

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.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JLPEASE 7/14/2012 10:23AM

    Wow -- that is so scary. I'm glad there were no serious injuries.

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SHIRLEYX 7/12/2012 9:38AM

    These storms are scary. As we do more damage to the planet, the weather continues to become more extreme.

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MTNGRL 7/11/2012 7:29PM

    I was watching this on the news. Glad you are all safe.

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WENNII 7/10/2012 6:26PM

    I'm glad your family is okay! Such crazy weather here in Va for the past few years.

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LLTS01 7/10/2012 6:17AM

    The weather has been bizarre at best. Glad your son and his family are ok. emoticon

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NANFACEMIRE1 7/10/2012 5:10AM

    That was a terrible storm and so glad no one was seriously injured. We got it too (1.5 hrs. from them), but we didn't lose power only phones/internet. We did NOT get the microburst thank goodness.

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BOO-SHAY 7/10/2012 1:15AM

    Can't imagine living through something like that. Glad everyone is okay. emoticon

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CHRIS3874 7/9/2012 9:50PM

    I can imagine that you would get severe storms given that you had hot temps and probably very humid air (there is a lot of energy that has to be dissipated) We haven't had any hail yet this year but I imagine we will -we always do. Glad you're OK and its always nice to get a break from the heat.

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    I heard the story about the cheerleaders on HLN's this morning. So glad your son is okay.

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