Saturday, February 27, 2010

After the Storm

Wednesday afternoon through Thursday night we had a major storm here in Maine. We didn't get snow (Thank you, God), but we did get torrential rains--6 inches--and high winds--gusts up to 70 mph! We lost electric power around 10:00 pm Thursday night and didn't get it back until 11:00 am Friday. Luckily, it wasn't a really cold night, because our furnace does not operate without electricity. The coldest it got in the house was 60 degress.

Friday morning after we ate breakfast out, we took a ride to Prout's Neck and Higgins Beach in Scarborough to get a look at the ocean. On the way, we saw many downed trees and power lines, and places where the surf had covered the road at high tide, but was now receding.

I took this shot looking across the cove from Prout's Neck to Pine Point Beach. This area is usually pretty calm because it's an inlet, but there were definitely whitecaps Friday!

On the way back from Prout's Neck, we passed several areas where trees and power lines had been downed by the wind .

You can see in this photo the power lines tangled with the fallen trees; the utility workers had already been sawing up the trees to dispose of them.

Every where we turned, there were branches and brush and other debris--products of the gale force winds.

More downed lines; they said on the news that 120,000 were without power, so we weren't alone. We were among the fortunate, however, in that we had our service restored within 13 hours! Some are still powerless (in more ways than one!).

It was a stroke of good luck that the tree that fell on this house was one of the smaller ones!

From Prout's Neck, we went to Higgins Beach, where the surf was really raging.

After watching and listening to the waves, I decided I'd try taking some video so you could get the full effect of the sight and sound of the raging water.  I'm not great at video, so if this isn't the best, I apologize.  But I think you will get the idea!


The tide was receding, as I mentioned earlier, so the waves aren't as huge as they were earlier in the day.  Still, it was an impressive display.

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A 2 Z said...

Hi Eva,

Same mess here except with snow, rain, wind, etc... I still have electricity thank goodness but thousands are without. Great pictures of mother nature's wrath!

Pinky's Cottage said...

Thanks Eva for sharing your pictures. Don't see this kind of storm where I live in California. Your video was very good. We have storms but not this bad. Maybe by the coast. I live in the valley. But I think the east gets hit harder than out here in the west.

Kristina P. said...

Wow, that looks very scary!

sarah said...

Wow looks like you guys really took a beating, Love the waves!

Tgoette said...

Very impressive storm, Eva! We've been getting our share of rain too, but nothing like what you have been experiencing. Cool video!

My name is PJ. said...

Holy Carp and flounder!!! Mother Nature sure likes to mess with us, doesn't she? She must have been having a huge hormonal swing to be so destructive.

I'm glad you guys were okay.

Thanks for sharing the photos, Eva. It will make some of us who gripe about snow thankful.

Blackberry Jam Cafe said...

I will never again complain about our weather - we're wimps here compared with this kind of thing.
Also - I'm an idiot - I forgot to tell you - You've been Tagged. But since you've already stopped by, you probably already knew!

DJan said...

I saw this morning when I woke up that Chile had a huge earthquake and that we might be at risk for a tsunami here on the West Coast. The weather has sure been weird, I must say. Thanks for the great pictures and I'm glad you are all okay.

Melissa ♥ Spoiled Mommy said...

Wow- I was down in the OBX as a Hurricane was coming and the sounds and waves is a beautiful and scary sight.

Tina said...

we will take all the snow y'all don't want....really we will.

Eva Gallant said...

A2Z: Thanks. I need to get more comfortable with video, though.

Pinky: I wanted to include the video because of the sound! It was soooo loud!

Kristina: that it was! The sound of the rain and wind during the night was the worst!

Sarah: Personally, I was fortunate, but many were not.

Tgoette: It's been years since I've experience such a downpour. Lots of places were flooded, but nothing near enough to photograph.

PJ: We usually would have gotten snow. It was freaky to have the temp so mild in February. But as I said, we would have been in deep trouble if it had been snow!

Susan: Thanks for the thought, but I swear, I've told 7 things about myself so many times, I don't think there's anything left that people don't know...except for that wild night years ago with that beautiful chocolate-colored sailor from Burmuda--but my family doesn't know about that, and I'm not about to enlighten them!

The Retired One said...

Looks like Mother Nature was having some PMS, Eva!
Wow..that video!

I loved those last two still shots of the beach and waves, too.
Yes, I love taking pictures of the water fury too, on Lake Superior.

Eva Gallant said...

DJan: I remember the eerie feeling of driving past those Tsunami Zone signs when I was out there last fall. Hope that doesn't happen!

Melissa: The sound and sight of the ocean in a storm are the true representation of the word Awesome!

Tina: We got snow last night, but just an inch.

Steven Anthony said...

i love the time after storms............great pics

Midday Escapades said...

Whoa, that was quite a storm. So glad you guys are okay! :0)

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

Just stopping by to thank you for visiting me on my SITS day and leaving me some blog love! Everyone was so sweet and I really enjoyed the day!


Debbie said...

Eva...nice job capturing the mess we just got through here in Maine. My brother called from Nashville today to ask about it all. What very strange weather huh? Your photos are great and the video says it all. We did not lose power but many around us did. Hubby hydroplaned down Morrison Hill in Cumberland/Falmouth area and almost killed himself doing it!! Missed 5 cars by inches...God was with him. He got to work and no power..of course! Hey....I have an award over at my place for you so go on over and get it my friend!!

Sandra said...

I'm glad that you came through the storm okay!

Pretty Things said...

Holy crow! And I thought we had some rough winds! Glad you're ok!

tattytiara said...

Wow yeah, I'm largely a fan of storms but I definitely have my limits when it comes to high winds!

Eva Gallant said...

Joan: My pictures don't fall anywhee near the same class as yours!

Steven: Thanks.

Midday: It was an experience!

Lemonade: Thanks for the return visit!

Debbie: It sure has been a crazy winter. Thanks for the award. 10 things that make me happy: Family, time with my grandkids, chocolate, a good bock, a pina colada, time with good friends, blog love, time on my laptop,pepperoni pizza, and southern fried chicken.

Helene said...

Wow, that is a serious mess!! Those downed lines are so dangerous...I couldn't imagine being without electricity for 13 hours. My kids would go nuts without the tv for that long!

Love the sound of the ocean...I could listen to that all day long and feel so relaxed!

lakeviewer said...

Great reporting of the mess and the excitement of one more snow storm to add to the series we have had on the East Coast this year.

Great pictures.

Unknown Mami said...

Wow! Intense.

Deb said...

Glad you came through the storm OK. We were fortunate not to lose power (on my street), but oh, what a mess, huh? Seems more phone service than electricity was out in my town. That's not always a bad thing!

Canadian Blend said...

I think it was two summers ago that we had a big wind storm. It came during a sunny day -- had it come with rain it might have looked like the end of time.

We were without power for two days. Friends of ours were without for a full week.

Right now we're putting up with a lot (for us, but nothing by your standards) of snow.

Meeko Fabulous said...

Glad everything is ok! :)