everyone knows: hot weather, then storm.
I've been 2 weeks back in Germany and finally we have summer 35 ° +
Yesterday, on Whit Monday (holiday) there was absolutely great weather but from 20pm it was getting dark and there were thunderstorms.
At 20:30 the hell was falling.
I live in North Rhine-Westphalia and here, it was the worst storm since years.
Here is my experience:
My husband and I had been working all day in the garden, planted 2 new trees, and flowers, put pond plants ,fed fish, fence repainted &&&. After we were exhausted we have cooled us in the swimming pond, as we noted already that the sky is getting darker.
20 minutes later we were dried on the terraced and relaxed.
Only one view at the sky and we knew that will end badly!
We watched as the dark wave spread over us. Of course, the camera switched to video.Well, I love these spectacle, thunderstorm, weather shine etc. but this was really bad.
My husband has many flower pots and other things brought in safety and not 5 minutes later it has cooled to 8 ° and it was very stormy.
As fast as the dark wave came, we could not bring all things in safety but ourselves.
We were standing in the winter garden and could witness the devastation up close. It was shocking.
From one moment to the other, there were wind speed of more than 145 KMH, rain inferno and incredible noise.
It was so dark we could hardly see anything. Our in-house lighting was flickering like crazy on.
I'm almost fallen backwards into the house as a lightning came down in front of us. At one time it was day, so bright was the flash. I was so shocked I stayed away the breath.
I was afraid, yes, but I don't want to leave
Through the flashes we saw what came down for a violent rainstorm. Everything has been flooded in a short time, fortunately, not our house!
The storm took to speed and I wanted to go in the house when I heard it very loud crack and burst.
It grew louder and louder as I saw the top of our fir slammed in our swimming pond.
That was the first-hitting.
I pushed my husband into the house as at this moment again bests and cracked and popped. I turned around while we are purely ran and saw the rest of the fir came to us and from our garden shed roof tiles have been thrown away. There were 4 large firs, close to each other and all tipped over. It was incredibly loud.
In this moment I was shortly under shock, and we did not know where to go.
It took almost 3 hours and it was a terrible noise, frightening because we heard it crack and burst everywhere, much went to break and I just wanted to get my pets.
We have spent the time in the basement, even the network is collapsed.
When it was all over I didn't want out of the house, it was too unsafe but we were curious. Unfortunately we couldn't see much because it was of course late in the evening.
Somehow we managed the night and in the sunny morning we saw a sight of horror.
My first thought was "to god's sake" my second was "our insurance will drop dead"
I must say, we have a large mansion with a large garden, many green areas, then romantically overgrown and a pond + with a lot of different trees &&& Our garden is bordered by a rape field (Brassica napus), which consists land border of trees, that makes it's all mysterious.
You rummage your way through a small forest and you see the big yellow field.
After the day yesterday it was anything but romantic. Our estate was barely recognizable.
We counted from the garden to front garden and the private road a total of 30 folded-over and uprooted trees. From big to small. 3 of my favorite trees are gone. Root balls have torn holes in the floor. Trees that are over 30 years old didn't make it, it's so sad.
It goes on:
-6 fish have been killed
-the roof of the shed is almost gone
-the chimney pipe is bent over
-tree crashed on garage.The roof has a huge hole,car from my husband damaged
and the worst,the roof of the house is leaking, tree has destroyed the roof of winter garden and one tree crashed down on my car.
I have not my car parked in the garage because I actually wanted to go to the cemetery to water the flowers.
I couldn't hold back my tears.
... so much devastation in a short time.
I got a call that my flower shop had water in the basement and there was a tree in the entrance door.
Normal I need 15 minutes by car to my work. Today I have needed 2 hours. There is the bare chaos, no road was free.
On every street were turned-down trees. It was a terrible sight.
I arrived at my shop and was horrified. A large cottonwood formerly stood on the other side of the street, now the top of the cottonwood is in my shop.
The storm was worse than 2007 hurricane Kyrill. 6 people died, many injured. It will take weeks until all trees removed and the chaos is over.
Now it says wait what the insurance brings, it will also take weeks.
The cellar in the flower shop is almost dry and closed for the moment.
I'm done with the nerves. My husband has done with his friends all work and much cleared.
Look what brings the weeks