Lightning strike

Duck and Cover

Lightning strike
(Photo courtesy of WHNT19)

So this is what our day has been like. There’ve been storms, high straight-line winds, and the occasional tornado playing merry hob with us in and around Huntsville. To the south of my house, trees are down everywhere and the power’s out. On my way home I passed one house whose roof had been crumpled up and over it like the cover to a roll-top desk.

We’re all okay, though Eli and Liza are a little on edge from crouching in a hallway filled with pillows and blankets. “Will the tornado whirl us around and around and around?” Liza kept asking. There’s another batch of storms heading our way this afternoon. Wish us luck!

14 thoughts on “Duck and Cover

  1. This is the worst tornado outbreak we’ve had since I moved here in 1997. I am usually wary of these storms but I’m trying to keep myself from the full-on freakout.

  2. I moved to AR from VA… The past couple of weeks have been really difficult/scary. Found myself singing “Carry me back to old Virginia” at times. Stay safe.

  3. As long as you don’t play her “You spin my head right round” you should hopefully be fine!

  4. Yeah, the Granades are all safe and sound, though there’s no power in north Alabama right now or for the forseeable future.

  5. So… with no power, are you posting your SITREPs, like, telekinetically? Or maybe you just have awesome batteries.

  6. Hello,

    With all the storm damage, I know many homeowners will be trying to secure their property and some will have to climb on their roofs. I would like to share some roof safety tips to help prevent any injury.

    Ladder safety.
    Falls are the number one cause of accidental death in the home. Even experienced builders and construction workers make mistakes, so here are the things you should always do when using a ladder.

    OSHA states that for every 4 feet a ladder goes up, it should come out 1 foot. If the roof is 12 feet high, the base of the ladder should be 3 feet from the drip edge of the roof.
    Next, the ladder must be level. If the ground is not level, move to a spot that is. The ladder must be set firmly and evenly on the ground. I prefer to fold out the ladder’s pointed feet and embed them into the yard. Others prefer to have the rubber feet on concrete. If you prefer the latter for your ladder, then be sure to sweep the concrete clean before setting the ladder to prevent it from sliding out.

    Securing the ladder:
    If possible, drill a hole in the fascia of the house and insert an eye hook or other means to tie the ladder to. We use two of them that are three quarters of an inch thick to tie our ladder to the roof. It is stronger than we should ever need, but your life is worth more than a few dollars and a few minutes to secure a ladder.

    Wear good fitting shoes or better yet, work boots! Don’t use flip flops or crocs, because if your foot rotates inside the shoe, you have a very good chance of falling off the roof and being hurt.

    If you are not stable on flat ground, please have someone else repair your roof.

    Finally, there are volumes of books on construction safety; please consider going to the OSHA website for more information.

    Those of you in the storm-hit areas have been though enough; there is no reason for anyone else to be hurt by having an accident on a ladder. With these tips, hopefully you will get your home repaired quickly and safely.

    You are in our prayers,

    JW

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