Fifty Year Storm July 7, 2017

Will Beaton
By Will Beaton July 24, 2017 13:23

Fifty Year Storm July 7, 2017

Getting up at 2:30am to close up the cottage is nothing new if you are familiar with the lakeshore in the summer months.  However, this time it was our turn for severe weather as the winds began to roar.

I knew something was different because the wind was blowing doors inside the house even though all of the windows and outside doors were shut.  Another noise was the thumping on the roof that sounded like a raccoon walking in the attic that was actually tree limbs falling on the house.

Every time the winds began to blow, I start to look at the 50 foot pine out to the northwest of my bedroom window.  It has survived many a storm, but it is so big and close to the cottage that it does give me time to think.  That night, I got up and came downstairs and looked at my anemometer.  I asked my wife to get out the flashlights as our lights began to flicker. The storm lasted about 45 minutes before the wind subsided and the sound of thunder moved off to the southeast.  The power did go out as we got back to bed around 3:30am, as my wife said that her cell phone reported that a 72 year resident in our neighborhood was tragically killed by a falling tree.

Life on the lakeshore offers a new dimension from more inland communities.  Fortunately, tornadoes and hurricanes are not something that threaten our area.  The last time we had a storm in our neighborhood like this was in June 1968 when my mom and I hid under the kitchen table on a Saturday morning with 100 mph winds.  We almost made it 50 years before another 50 year storm hit again.

Will Beaton
By Will Beaton July 24, 2017 13:23

 
Grand Haven Beach Water Temp
71°