Derecho? What is that :
A derecho ( /dəˈreɪtʃoʊ/; Spanish pronunciation: [deˈɾetʃo]) is a widespread and long-lived, straight-line windstorm that is associated with a fast-moving band of severe thunderstorms. Generally, derechos are convection-induced and take on a bow echo form of squall line, forming near a split in the upper level jet stream. They travel quickly in the direction of movement of their associated storms, similar to an outflow boundary (gust front), except that the wind is sustained and generally, increases in strength behind the front, generally exceeding hurricane-force. A warm-weather phenomenon, derechos occur mostly in summer, especially during June and July in the Northern Hemisphere, within areas of moderately stronginstability and moderately strong vertical wind shear. They may occur at any time of the year and occur as frequently at night as during the daylight hours.
I was looking forward to my first weekend off in 12 weeks this past weekend, and I asked my self how I would spend it . I told my self that I was going to do absolutely nothing ! I was going to lay back and watch Lifetime movies all weekend .Corny as it may sound, yes that is what I was going to do . Well Friday night around I say close to 9 pm I log on to Facebook and see a friend of mine post about a storm coming . I said to myself, what? I had not heard of any type of storm or bad weather to come . If you know me well, you know I am always stalking the weather . It had been the hottest day of the year it seemed with a heat index of 104. I went outside to my patio and sat down and said to myself , wow this is going to be bad, but maybe it will cool things off a bit . Well about that time, I heard the most horrifying sounds from the sky ever . The thunder, the wind, the lighting , I had never seen anything like it in my 34 years living here in Lynchburg Va. I knew that this was going to be beyond bad, and I ran inside and shut the door behind me in a panic, I was literally scared out of my mind ! Thankful not to be alone , Connor was here and I told him to hurry get down here, that a tornado was coming , he looked at me and said chill out its just a storm . About that time, the lights began to flicker . I went to the front door and looked out and all the lights where flickering on each and every house on my block , as the wind ripped and raced up and down my street . The sky was mean and fierce and it was pissed ! About that time all hell broke lose ! BOOM… Power is out .Normally I would have gone to grab my camera and snap away but I was frozen to the floor and scared to move , I sat in my living room floor for the next hour scared out of my mind , the sounds that you could hear coming down my fireplace were un real! It seems the storm lasted over a hour , or maybe it felt that long but all i knew that there had to been a lot of damage out there. All I could do is keep checking Facebook to see what was going on, every status I saw was about the same, no power, or WTF just happened , and people wondering was it a tornado or not . I get a text from a friend who was in town from Denver Colorado and asked if they could come here because I was the closest person to them, that they were at MiPatron and the power had went out , when they showed up they said that trees were down,power lines down , and so much damage! We all walked to the top of my road that night and sure enough trees down everywhere . I have never seen anything like this ever ! I said to myself that it was as bad if not worse than the storm of the summer of 93 if any of you can relate that . I then walked home hoping and praying my parents were ok, and finally I get a call that they are and they are without power as well . I knew it would be a long night . I wake up around 7 am and those that know me well, that never happens 😛 I jumped out, of bed , told Connor lets go check things out .We take a right onto Rivermont and BAM There is a huge tree blocking the road in front of the Va Baptist Hospital almost . Turn around go down Langhorne Rd.. Lines down , Poles down , Trees smashed into houses and cars, it was the most horrifying thing I had ever seen !!! How did this happen! Why did we not get a fair warning about this storm!! Apparently there are those that would like to make there point known there was fair warning , and I disagree ! The farther we drove ,the worst it got, all over town no power , gas stations with lines a mile long . You would think that it was the end of the world ! I spent all day that day looking for a generator, nothing sold out all over town, thought to my self should I leave town and go to find a hotel, nothing , no hotels in a radius of 100 miles or more!!! I toughed it out though, found generator by day 2 of no power and by day 3 power came back on ! I was so blessed for that ! Still there are over 21,000 people in my area in Lynchburg alone without power !! This is going on day 5!! Not to mention the thousands in VA alone without power ! There are people bitching and complaining ” Why is my power not on yet” Blah Blah … You know what , SUCK IT UP I did , This same storm produced so much damage all throughout the state into Maryland from what I hear . My Aunt & Uncle in Lake Anna lost there beautiful home on the lake that was struck by lighting and made it out of there with there dog . So I am blessed beyond measure to BE ALIVE , to have a HOME to come home too!! Things could be a lot worse than what they are ! We have been threw this before ! Thank god for Facebook, because without that , I would have no clue to what was going on , with no way to see the news or get updates on the weather and progress of things ! Think back , those of you who remember the storm of 93 , what did we do to pass time then ? WOW I can remember , I was only 15 at the time , it wasn’t as hot and maybe that is why this is much worse to bare threw . With the temps still in the high 90’s and not much rain our way its bad out there . Check on your elderly,and animals and keep hydrated as much as possible . AEP and other crews are working hard day and night and just think how hot they are working in this hot horrible weather !
Ive learned a few things over this weekend , don’t take things or people for that matter for granted ! The little things like ice , power,internet,phone, the things we use daily and don’t think twice if we are without ! It could have been so much worse! I am thankful to live in a brick older home with plaster walls which keep a lot of heat out, I have gas water and gas heat so I could still cook and take warm showers , Some people where without these things or with out running water bc they have a well ! BE thankful with everything that GOD has blessed us with ~
All in all, my weekend off was nice ….. It was pretty nice to “disconnect ” every now and then you need to … to realize all that you have in life ! Stay Safe , and Stay Cool people , its going to be hot and I pray that those who are without power still, gain it back soon, you are in my prayers!