Last night, I rode out a mother of a storm with Soozi and RambeL. Yes, quite literally rode it out as we were driving through a lot of it. These are things I had never seen in person before last night:
After waiting out scary parts of the storm at RambeL's, Soozi dropped me off at my apartment. I made a few phone calls, read a bit, and then remembered my bottle of moscato d'asti in the fridge. Not wanting it to go to waste, I drank a good portion of it and then went to bed. Sleep was quick in coming, but I kept waking up because of the heat (yeah, the storm cooled things down some, but still, humid air is quite unpleasant).
The neighborhood is a huge mess, but it could be a lot worse. Fortunately, we only have a few big branches down in the backyard. And, luckily, we don't have a land line, because our phone would be out for sure. I just hope our cable connection is secure. Not that it matters now, what with no power and all.
I'm really worried about the power. According to the Post-Dispatch, whenever power outages have affected around 250,000, it has taken 4-5 days to get it back on to everyone. WTF??? How long will it take with double the number?
Well, there are my storm complaints. Once I have time and electricity, I will write my big Gay Games post.
If you're in St. Louis, take care. If you're not in St. Louis...well, enjoy your electricity.
I went home at noon to check on Keetah, and we still don't have power. Not that I thought we would, but I was hoping really hard. I also went home to close the window by our computer, in case the forecast of thunderstorms and hail proves true.
On the way home, I drove by things that we saw last night. Nothing has been cleared or picked up yet. The brick building with the uprooted billboard now has a yellow police line around the fallen bricks, but that's all that's been done.
I don't want to say that this is worse than the tornado in Iowa City, but the damage is definitely much more widespread, and a heck of a lot more people are affected. And it's summer! We need our air conditioning here!
After reading more stories and seeing more pictures on the Post-Dispatch's website, I will now say it: This is much, much worse than the tornado in Iowa City! At least people weren't electrocuted from downed power lines in IC!