Funny you mention that, it was a bradford pear. Snapped right off at the base.We have a Bradford pear (non fruit bearing). Seventy MPH winds seems to be the max that it can handle. I can count the number of high wind storms we have had over the years based off the remnants of major limbs that have broken off. I haven't seen first hand damage of the results from this storm but from what I am told it sounds like this one might have been the final blow.
My dad's farm ground is south of Ogden. I guess we'll see how much crop he has left. Really difficult day today.Watched it on the deck at my job site on Lake Panorama. It was unreal. On the drive From Panora to Ames I saw countless trees down, trees through several houses, a collapsed barn, several pole sheds with steel missing, a work trailer on its side, a travel trailer still attached to a truck on its side, several crumpled grain bins, a grain bin wrapped around a tree, a semi tipped sideways into the awning of the gas station at the 141/Ogden exit, and an overturned semi in the middle of the road south of Ogden. On top of that, almost every corn and bean field south of Ogden was partially to almost completely flattened.
Good advice. To go a step further, sometimes the vehicle in contact with the power line can catch fire. So now you could be burned alive. If it comes down to it, your last resort is to exit the vehicle by JUMPING out of it as far as you can while keeping your feet together and not falling down. Hopefully this prevents you from becoming an electrical ground from the vehicle to the ground. Assuming you survive the jump (DON'T separate your feet), the ground surface itself may be electrified, especially if wet. So, with your feet still together, you have to shimmy across the ground to get far enough away to be safe.You’d probably be ok in your car even if you contacted a power line. But NEVER try to get out of your car while contacting a line. Happens once in a while with tall equipment. Stay put and wait for help.
Saw that too. My race shop has roof damage. I think I can bend the metal back down and refasten it for the time being.Luck to not have any damage, but haven't really examined the roof yet except from ground level. My part of Waukee/WDM didn't get hit as hard as places even just a little more north.
Marshalltown Speedway got slammed.