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Storm wind damage.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

My word, we have been blown nearly "off our feet" this past week. Everywhere we go, we see evidence of serious damage to property. So often we see sign posts....minus the advertising...they seem to have just blown away completely.

I dont even want to think what happened in the really poor areas where the folks have knocked together sheet metal houses, pieced together with nothing to keep it that way.....my heart just goes numb when I think of those poor folks. Every time we have any kind of heavy rains, heavy winds, excessive heat...the really poor suffer it so much worse. Anyway, hubby and I took a drive so he could go and sort out his company tower problems and this is what we saw......

Starting in my own garden before leaving even.

Luckily this bottle brush tree landed in a coral tree standing in front of it, so it didn't crash right down onto the ground.

This is lucky because my sons motor bike was parked in the shade of the trees and you can see how the tree narrowly missed smashing into the bike. You can see the bikes wheels sticking out from under the tree.

As we left our property and went literally around the corner, we saw a neighbors tree down also. (some photo's taken by me and others by my hubby)

Just before we left town to head out to where our internet towers are, we saw this poor chaps wall. Hopefully they are insured.

While feeling sorry the wall down folks, I realized it could still be worse when we saw this chaps dilemma.

And it just got worse.

Once we left town we saw trees down absolutely everywhere along the way.

The whole drive our car was rocking and being pushed about by the heavy winds.
Thankfully, the wind was bad today, but not the gale force it had been the last few days because hubby had to go up the tower in the wind. You can see by his face, that despite being harnessed in...hes not a happy chappy, and who can blame him when......

You see what happened to the competitors tower. These poor guys must be feeling wretched because ALL their clients working off this tower are currently offline till they get it up again.

Luckily ours was still standing and just needing some minor tweaking from hubby. But then again, luck didnt really play a part. We dont have staff....we have partners. So every job if botched, becomes their money down the tubes. So each job is done with everything taken into consideration....weather in that area, even how to set up any resistance boards etc. Hubby is SUPER THOROUGH in his research before a tower goes up.

The next few photo's are from friends who live in the two major centers on either side of me.
This is from Port Elizabeth...this is what their sports stadium (one we use for assemblies) looks like.

In Cape Town, these photo's were taken from a friends high rise apartment.

At its peak the wind was 85kmph (52 mph) which explains the damage. While we were up on the mountain for hubby to do the repairs, it was not that bad, but still very heavy and the wind chill factor was crazy.

Since our weather patterns are changing, I have promised myself to try and have a fire place in our house by next winter...for sure.
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    Nasty damage.
    Your pictures proved that.

    Stay safe, my friend.

    Hugs Mary
    1707 days ago
    Wow, sounds (and looks) like you guys are having a rough winter. The north coast (Richards Bay) is having a much easier time. It must be terrible for all those who lose homes and everything because of the rough weather. I also feel sorry for the poor. I lived in Joburg for 3 months during the height of winter a few years ago, and thought I was going to freeze to death!

    Hang in there, hang on and stay warm till the rough weather and winter is over!

    1708 days ago

    you are right about could have been worse --like loss of life in US with their tornados ... sad
    Yesterday we had tornado warnings and watches our winds were high too..

    The poor chap with the damaged car! oh my.
    Also the poor people who lost their roof and windows from the apartment building

    Glad you all are safe !!

    emoticon Jo
    1709 days ago
  • DEBANNE1124
    I'm so sorry for your loss. That is awful. It's global warning.

    What is supposed to be hot summer time here in Oregon, USA is freezing cold. Please take care.
    1709 days ago
  • GINA180847
    This is not good. I used to love the sound of the wind when going to sleep but it was in a town where it happened all the time and everything was built with this in mind. Sad for the people who suffer such damage. Here climate change has only meant that the winters are not as cold as in the past and I jokingly tell people that we must live in Camelot as it seems to only rain at night.
    1709 days ago
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