After about 10 minutes the wind started to slow down and the loud noises from the roof stopped. I had the kids wait while I went to assess what had happened and I couldn't believe my eyes. Here are some pictures of the damage.
One of the 5 fallen trees and one side of my parents back patio.
The other side of the back patio.
A view of my parents house from the beach. (This is about an hour after the storm. Notice how it appears to be sunny and great weather.)
The roots of the tree.
My parents side yard. The leaves just stuck to the fence.
We had part of a tree fall of the roof. I think this is the one that made me run to the bathtub.
My Dad's truck underneath some pretty big branches. There is also a power line that fell 4 feet from his truck. Remarkably there was no damage to his truck.
A tree across the drive from my parents house.
Many people thought the storm was a tornado, but it was actually called a Straight Line Wind Storm and if you could see the damage it went in a complete straight line through this area.
The worst thing that happened though was that there were thousands of corn and bean crops that were completely shredded. The beans were replanted, but it is too late in the season for the corn. It will result in big losses for farmers and food prices growing again.
We ended up being without power for 5 days, but luckily thanks to my electrician brother-in-law Jared we had a generator that provided power to a few outlets in the house. My class reunion had to be moved to a different location (post to follow!).
We took a drive around the neighborhood and here are a few pictures from our damage tour.
One of the fallen trees. There were hundreds of trees just like this in the neighborhood.
There were a couple houses with massive trees on top of them.
This garage was complete destroyed by a tree.