As you may know there was a very powerful hurricane that struck the south eastern tip of Louisiana just over a week ago.
@BicycleBuck and I happen to live not too far from where it made landfall, but luckily we got the western outer bands of the storm. Small cities just east of me like Thibodaux and Houma are devastated and still without electricity. Also to mention gas is scarce as well as food, but is ever slowly coming back. Trees, down poles, roofing, and fences are everywhere.
Im not going to post pictures to keep the owners privacy, but my home that I grew up in, the fence is gone and the roof is damaged and some large tree branches are down. Heartbreaking to see the fence that kept me safe and the trees I played under are now gone.
Where I live at in my newish modular home 30 miles away, I faired a lot better than others, which also makes me sad at the damage just 5 miles east of me and what could of been. The winds had to be over 80 to 100 MPH from the north west, at times I could feel the house shake and howl, the roof sounded like it was tearing off and can hear the roof tiles scrape along the roof and onto the ground.
The next morning on August 30th I got up to access if I still had a roof and all I lost was a lot of roof tiles, some of the skirt came undone or flew off, broken branches, and windswept trees. The west side of the house and garage is peppered with shredded leaves and the air is heavy of fresh mulch / grass smell.
The front right section of my roof was the hardest hit, I hammered back the tiles I could salvage. I been having problems with this area, and in fall I plan on scraping it all off to the wood and redo.
Lots of leaning or broken power poles, theres still about 90% of the population of lafourche and terrebonne is still out of lights
You can see a tree was uprooted and fell on that F-150!
There are plenty of National Guard convoys going down the highway in front of my house. I forgot my camera when there was a few Oshkosh Hemtts hauling fuel, water, and cargo... damn. Those things were awesome!
And thats my adventure of my 1st category 4 hurricane as a homeowner. I dont look forward to experiencing this anytime soon. I've weathered every storm that hit south Louisiana since I was in diapers for hurricane Andrew in 1992!
Out of all the storms I weathered, this is the most powerful hurricane I experienced and I wasn't even in the center of it! Gustav in 2008 and then Katrina in 2005 would be the other most powerful and damaging hurricanes I been in.