First Natural Disaster at the Inn

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First of all, no one was hurt. Secondly, we returned yesterday from vacation so had the calendar blocked for no guests last night.

The big storm that came across that many of you encountered hit us hard, roared at us with over 80 mph winds and took 1/2 of our 100 year old maple down out front and onto the road (big maple).

Secondly it ripped hundreds of shingles off our roof (the orig part of the house has a metal roof, the back has shingles), and threw them everywhere! I am so thankful no one was out there, they are up and down the street and it would have hurt or injured someone if they were hit by one.

The wind raged on and DH and two neighbors were out with hack saws in the dark trying to clear the road while we signaled for cars and emergency vehicles to turn around. Then after midnight a guy from the power company showed up with a chainsaw (ours needs sharpening, and couldn't cut it!).

We went out this morning to assess the damage, it is bad. Our giant hickory has a large limb hanging down ready to snap any minute.  We had no power all night, and it was 102 degrees yesterday - broke all records, and was 98 into the night, it never cooled down. 

The good news is whatever high winds the storm brought, it took them with, and we had no rain!  So the roof was okay during the night.  Our first claim on our homeowners will happen today.

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I'm so sorry for your damage and all the headaches it will bring.  Who knows,  during reconstruction you may come up with a better alternative way do present your property.  Hopefully, you'll get a fast response from your insurance company and repairs will go smoothly.

I empathize with you about the loss of your large tree.  We lost a huge oak tree to the drought this year.   It's saddening,  not only for the loss of life but because it changes the whole nature of your property.

We had a storm like that about 2 years ago WHILE GUESTS WERE HERE.   No one was hurt,  but we lost a big tree and all the San Augustine grass that grew in it's shade is now gone and there is an unusable deck there where a nice shaded one used to be.   We're having to have a covering built over the deck for some shade.

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I just got this photo. This photo is looking south on US Rte 19 about 2 miles north of my house. it was taken 6/29/2012.

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 Holy Cow!!!  That brings me back to a few years I lived in Iowa....many close calls but no direct hits.  Sooooo scary!

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WOW!!!!

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We're both glad you're unharmed.   I'm saddened at the loss of your big tree;  that's irreplaceable.    Hopefully, you'll get a response from your insurance company.  I would imagine they're overwhelmed right now,  but there should at least be a toll-free number for emergencies.   It might be time to switch companys.

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There was a boil water issued for our county this am.

Here is something, in cities with ghetto's there is, as you can imagine, break ins, with so many without power. Even generators are being stolen from businesses. Richmond is a very high crime area, very bad area, not a place you would want to get off the highway on the wrong street, type city. Downtown and monument ave, and the canals, awesome, but around it, like any state capital, is poverty.

Two guys with a clipboard show up and just walk into the kitchen, the guests let them in.  So IF you want to rob a place, show up with a clipboard.

(Yes it was the insurance dudes from the claim we filed, but still)

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 The storms in Virginia barrelled right through my neighborhood and reached you more quickly than I could have gotten there in my car.  This article explains what happened and has links to a time-lapse radar.  

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 The storms in Virginia barrelled right through my neighborhood and reached you more quickly than I could have gotten there in my car.  This article explains what happened and has links to a time-lapse radar.  

It was like John Dillinger trying to outrun the feds!

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Innkeep wrote:

 The storms in Virginia barrelled right through my neighborhood and reached you more quickly than I could have gotten there in my car.  This article explains what happened and has links to a time-lapse radar.  


Thanks for that link.

Funny the wind looked like seagull splats as it came along, that is pretty much how it felt! Getting dumped on! I saw it really bluster out of control as soon as it hit SW VA and moving past us. 

Funny how many news stories, evne this one covers DC/MD and yet you should see the damage and outages throughout the rest of the state, earlier it was like 60-80% still without power in Charlottesville VA. A Hot Hurricane, with not even a moments warning to anyone. I stood outside and looked down the street at the old Angle Hardware store with it's Nuclear Fall Out Shelter sign still affixed to the outside, with sirens, and wondered what it would be like if something else had happened...

Our fireworks show was on tonight, we walked ot the corner (we're on this hill) and all the places we normally sit were covered in debris, so we all sat in the road.

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West Virginia got hit so bad that the entire State has been declared a disaster area. The kids I gave 2 rooms to for 2 nights were told 2 weeks for power. A nearby COUNTY is on conserve water with food, water, and heat stations set up in various locations and stations like that are set up all over the State. I was one of the lucky ones to have NOT lost power.

The numbers are improving - morning paper says still out of power - 19% of my county, 60% of the county south of us, 54% of the county mentioned above,  and the other counties that border us are 35%, 47%, and 35%. It is the heat that makes it so difficult. The family with us spent the day at the Park pool yesterday and planned the same today. The City hooked up a generator from the sewer plant to be able to do our concert Monday night. It was postponed from Sunday. We had thousands of people (4 to 5 k) coming to get some entertainment. It was so hot I was melting (OK I wish) until an hour after the sun went down. Cymbals were put on the stand and 15 minutes later were touched accidently - they were brought back in the the bath house because they were so hot to touch.

It is now hoped power will be back on by Sunday.

I hope your area is faring better, JB.

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The MOST incredible storm I've ever witnessed.

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Penelope wrote:

The MOST incredible storm I've ever witnessed.

And has your husband been home since it started or is he working round the clock on trying to ge the power back up?

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Yep- 'round the clock.

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Will post a photo when it uploads of what woke us up at 6:30 am this morning.  No rain or wind, but it rained during the night after a very long dry spell and of course triple digit heat here in the Deep South.  Luckily, this time it did not hit the house.  This is 1/3 of the tree down and the city workers will be back today or tomorrow to take down the rest of the tree since it has a rotten out hole in the middle where everything branched out many, many years ago. 

ETA:  I can't get the file uploaded for some reason.  This tree is taller than our 2 story house.  We will lose a lot of shade, but I don't want another tree falling on the house!

 

 

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That's hard- completely losing an old tree. They're part of the history of the neighborhood.

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Yes, losing this one will now completely change the streetscape on our corner.    It's in line with the one that we lost 2 years ago that destroyed our side yard and damaged our house.  We still have a very old elm between our house & garage which lost a giant branch last summer (fell on our garage but thankfully did little damage) and we're considering taking the whole thing down now before our luck runs out!! 

The shade will be gone from that side of the house now too.  

The city forestry guy told me that they are replacing these old trees with oaks now.  He said this one is a hackberry but I don't think it is because I have never seen the green berries that he mentioned.  So, we will put in for 2 oaks to be planted in about the same locations after they remove this one and grind down the stump. 

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 Oh no...so sorry....hate to hear that. You have to first upload to your account, and then select it with the file browser to post in the message. Of course most of our trees have gone by the wayside over these years...many we took out, but hurricanes did the others.  The way the remaining ones were swaying in the wind the other night, I am surprised they made it.

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Yes, I know how to upload a photo to the account, etc.  It's just not working for whatever reason and I don't have the patience to muck with it right now! 

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we only have 2 trees on our whole property but are prevented from even trimming them by a preservation which is extreme stupidity as the would be more healthy if seen to by a good tree surgen. Am just waiting for a big branch to hit a car.

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Sorry for all the terrible weather you are having there - VA & WV!!!   JB, you are doing right in not taking in anyone right now.  Wait til the adjuster makes his visit, get all the details of what is covered.  You should have some loss of revenue claim as well. 

Read over your policy carefully to know what is covered and remember that these adjusters work for the Ins. Co., and get paid on how much they save the CO.   Make sure you look closely at EVERY little thing that could be damaged and don't sign until you are sure you are getting your full paid coverage. 

If you have any questions, feel free to email me.  I have been there, done that and have heard from many, many others.   Hoping you have an easy time of this and that your place is back to mint in record time. 

PS - you could send some rain this way, but we have all the heat we can take! 

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 You bring up some great, important information that I would love to translate into an article for SuiteExchange.com -- would you be interested in emailing me and we could set up a time to chat? jdurrant at convoyant dot com

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The storm knocked out power all over the State - especially south of me. I now have a full-house. Good thing I spent so much tme with the dreaded ironing board today. Both calls came in after 6 PM.

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 Yeah it's 100 degrees right now and raining, a nice rain, not a downpour, but the severe storm for this evening is not here til around 8pm our local expert says.

Update: Had two more rounds of constant lightning, heavy rain, and yes some came through the roof upstairs into the guest rooms. The rain is always fast and furious here, so the winds moved it out quickly. 

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 I am so glad no one was hurt. You have such beautiful trees, is most of the landscape intact? Please be careful, as weak branches might go unnoticed and come down. No guests sounds the right approach.

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YOWSA!    So glad that everyone is OK and that the damage was not worse.  But when it happens to you, it is worse!  How fortunate that you did not have guests in the house when this all happened.

Good decision not to accept any guests until you get through this...you have no idea what might happen with your roof all torn up like that!

I will never forget what it was like when we had a 50+ year old tree fall on our house.  But, we were also lucky that it wasn't worse than it was. 

No rain in our forecast until maybe sometime next week and continued very high temps and humidity.  It is 105F here right now.  The high yesterday was 107F....

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So sorry you had such destruction, but glad everyone is safe. What a beautiful huge hickory tree! We've been through some major wind storms here and it's definitely a challenge. Around here as I'm sure it's the same around there, it's the locals who all get out their chain saws to clear the roads.

I hope the roof gets fixed before any rain!

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 I was on safety watch so I took some images, cutting the big branch in the hickory tree.

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Even with debris everywhere I had to get this shot:

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https://twitter.com/InnkeeperVA/status/219106545076670465/photo/1/large

 

It shows hope and beauty in the midst of chaos and destruction. That is a good thing! Thank you.

Just had a call that it looks as if some shingles were blown off the 1778 log house.

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It shows hope and beauty in the midst of chaos and destruction. That is a good thing! Thank you.

Just had a call that it looks as if some shingles were blown off the 1778 log house.

Yeah pretty messed up all over here. Trees trees trees the culprits in most cases. Well guess what the insurance agent just called, if I call him EYORE I would be assigning too much enthusiasm. He said he submitted our claim and someone will be coming out. I asked "Don't you come out?" his reply in a slow drawl was "I am just the maggot that submits the paperwork." 

Very helpful, indeed.

People are calling now and we are turning them away, as so many don't have power. One guy just called and said "My wife is country, but not THAT country. Can we pay to come over and take a shower?"  DH is adamant that we won't be accerting any guests as another severe storm is on the way.  We can barely cool the upstairs as it is now, over 100 degrees and heat index.

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 I think you have legitimate excuse as  to not taking guests. what if the next storm takes out your power? Then you  would have to deal with that with strangers in your house. Y ou already have more than enough on your plates. Let them go to a hotel:

 

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 I think you have legitimate excuse as  to not taking guests. what if the next storm takes out your power? Then you  would have to deal with that with strangers in your house. Y ou already have more than enough on your plates. Let them go to a hotel:

 

Yeah we aren't taking any guests. We had it blocked off - long story...my sister is here with fam from Ireland but they went to OBX. without even swinging by, I have not even seen her yet.  There's the phone again...I changed the message to that effect. There are still thousands without power. We are expecting another major storm tonight, DH has been out with chain saw in 104 degree heat all day. One town near us has opened up fire hydrants to allow people to get water.  There is a lot going on, DH was adamant, and he would have had said take them all!

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Our water plants are having power problems and our city - as are most in the area - is on conserve water alerts.

Some counties downstate have 91 to 96% of the county without power.

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Ah. Nice to see the pond life survived!

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Having never had any claims before, I have been calling the local agent (even tho the phone # on the policy is not working, I think it is a cell phone of all things) and the machine in the office picks up and states office hours are between 9am and 4pm and then there is no way to leave a message. As you can see it is now nearly 11am.  Did they skip town? What the heck!

I called the HQ for this insurer and there was a message that said to leave a message for the person you are calling. No other option, whatsoever. They take my money every year and I cannot reach anyone now.

So, are we going to learn a lesson in some crappy insurance company coverage now? One who never answers their phone? I will report back if so. This agent is only a mile away, I might have to drive down there. 

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First, VERY happy to hear all of you are safe and sound and no one was hurt!  So sorry for the damage especially the trees as they can't be easily replaced. 

Hot, Hot, Hot here too, very little rain.  Every day I see a 30% rain chance 4-5 days ahead, then mysteriously the next day it has moved out to another 4-5 days. 

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Thank goodness that as bad as it was and is, that it was not worse. It was YOUR turn to have the stalwart by your side. Really happy about that.

We had the high winds and got the rain you did not. It was torrential! No radio stations this morning, no newspaper, no local TV, our power blinked on and off for about 30 minutes total but stayed on. I think most of the fire depts were called out last night and would bet it was  for trees in the roads.

My roof is still on the waiting list, not even in line  yet but I was lucky, It must have been coming from a different direction than usual because there was very little water in the Harris. I am happy you had no rain - the water damage is often worse than the roof problem. ((((HUGS to you and yours)))) May you be blessed with quick repairs.

Tell DH to STAY OFF THE ROOF!!! We do not need him to take a roll.....

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Wow, JB - so glad no one was hurt.  Our town seemed to be in a little bubble, no power outage, no major damage but all around the county there are big problems.  1/2 of the people don't have power still.  It seems to have been much much worse to the east and south.

It's no fun to deal with this stuff.

 

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Wow. Glad all is ok!! We got the whole shebang here. The lightening was crazy! We were outside and my back was turned to the trees and it flashed then cracked in my ear. My family grew really quiet as I screamed. It apparently struck within several yards of us. Glad I didn't see it. Haven't had a chance to see what damage was done around us. Storms like this freak me out.

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Glad you are OK! and that the damage wasn't worce! if any of those branches had hit the house or blown in to a a car or window.

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 I thought about you this morning. I am glad you are all ok, but such a shame.

We had really bad winds, but very little rain. No real damage on our property, but we are without power.  Our generator is allowing me to use the computer Smiling

I was taking my cat to the Vet at 7 am!!  surveying all the wind damage around town. Some major old trees down. I was just putting together a booklet about our historic trees yesterday. Guess I remove at least one of them now.

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AEP estimates over half of its customers are without power still.  Ours came back on at 2am, we are a few blocks from the hospital, so typically it is not off long.

The good news, guess what, in every emergency here DH has to race out and deal with it due to his job with the county, the 9-11 system being paramount, public safety, etc. But this time he was here to deal with US and OUR FAMILY and emergency. They don't have his new cell phone # and our phones were down, or I am SURE they would have called. The only other guy in I.T. who could assist lives an hour away...and doesn't really have a clue (I bet he wished he paid attention better when DH was showing him stuff). 

http://hamptonroads.com/2012/06/eastern-us-storms-leave-2-dead-va-2m-without-power?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

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 Hope you can get everything fixed quickly. 

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All that and no rain! Amazing! Glad the damage wasn't worse.

We're burning up here. Haven't seen a drop a rain in weeks and predicted 103 degrees again today. One of our county's five rivers is almost dry, mostly due to farmers pumping water out for irrigation, and no rain to replace it.

Burn ban means no fireworks allowed for 4th of July. Kids are crying. Fireworks vendors are crying harder!

Not enough tears to end the burn ban, though.

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 Oh My JB, so sorry to hear your bad news, although thankful that no one was hurt.  I guess we all need to be prepared for more of this type of weather with global climate change raging on.  

Your loss and mess make me very sad.....so much hard work ahead to get things in order for your new guests.  Hopefully you will have your home back in order soon. 

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Holy cow! Glad everyone is ok.

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