Monday, September 11, 2017

Irma, last update 9-11-17

Well it’s over, goodbye Irma. We were very lucky, again!

The motel lost its power about 8:00pm last night and didn’t come back on until we were checking out Monday about 10:30am, it was windy but no rain. At home, I had one big tree 20-inch diameter down and one next to it about 16-inch diameter leaning and ready to go. None hit the house just a bunch of branches all over the yard and there was no flooding.

Also no power at home, the power company says maybe a week or more before power is restored. So the Honda gets to earn its keep.

My front yard before clean-up.

Neighbors yard, lost two trees.

My front yard tree. Lucky all trees down fell into the street!

Neighbors cutting it up so not to block the road.

Another view of it.

My side yard.

The other side yard.

My winters firewood stack blown over.

A house a couple yards away. Could have been bad if it fell on the house.


  1. It's a shame all that will probably go to firewood; there would be some lumber in those trees for someone with a chainsaw mill or band mill.

    1. Yes it is a shame it goes to waste. Most of it is oak and a good amount of hickory. Most of it is straight as an arrow. It would make good beams and a lot of knot free wood.

  2. WOW! So lucky that all those trees fell the other way. Lots of stuff clean up but looks like your homestead escaped and you and your wife are safe, that's all that matters.

    We went for 15 days after Ike without power. No generator so after about 7 days we found a hotel with power. We need a generator (not in the apartment now, we're on the downtown circuit so it rarely goes out and is the first back up) but we do need one at the farm.

    Keep us posted!!!

    Glad to hear some good news even though you do have a lot to clean up. Hang in there!

    1. Yes we were lucky once again, last year Mathew was similar. I often think maybe it’s time to relocate out of hurricane territory because when luck runs out and a bad one hits we lose everything. Is it worth it?

      A generator is a wonderful thing to have when the power is out. It makes life comfortable for the few dollars they cost. Just do your homework and buy the size you need and nothing more to keep the fuel consumption to a minimum. We can discuss if you like.

      I'm beginning to think I need a new name "debris be me" :-)

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  6. Wow, what a relief, eh? Trees on houses aren't a good thing! Glad you stayed safe. We didn't get it as bad as you, but we had a lot of branches down in the yard and more pine trees down in the back. Glad it's over.

    1. Relived, yes. Now I’m really concerned about the upcoming home owners insurance premiums. The insurance companies are not going to sit back and eat all these claims.

  7. Your place looks like mine, all that junk all over the place from the trees. I had a bunch come down in the forest but nothing on any of the buildings. The fellow down by the hard surface road had a huge oak come down right in the middle of his roof. I don't think they can fix that house.

    Glad you made it through ok.

    1. Cleanup is a pain, just to old for anymore of it.

      But what’s really sad are the teenagers today. There’s not one out hustling to make money cleaning up the yards. A landscape crew charges $100 per hour, per man!!!
      These kids could make an easy $400 a day, but there’s not one in sight. A neighbor posted cleanup help wanted on our community FaceBook sight and guess what? Not one spoiled brat wants to earn some easy money.

    2. I never thought about that. We don't have any teenagers living in our quadrant of the county that I know of. The county is using prisoners from the jail to do most of the leg work cleaning up public places, but for the rest of us, we're on our own.

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  9. Mike glad to see you are safe. Trees can be replaced. Better get ready for round two as it looks like Maria is next up. Not sure of storm track.

  10. Was very concerned for your safety. My computer has been down about 3 1/2 weeks and just recently got back. Glad that things were not worse as I have been on edge.

    Elaine from Maine

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