Hailing from Florida for many years, I know those winds to be well into the category of hurricane force. I also knew enough to store every loose article in our yard (unlike many of our unlucky neighbors).
The winds howled outside and licked through the old doors of our 1931 home. The kids watched as flashes of lightning lit up the sky and illuminated the bending trees and swaying palms. Leaves were blown in each direction and our yard was becoming an eclectic collection of other peoples' cans, branches and yard waste.
My kids watched on in awe and truly became aware that nature's forces are often well beyond our imagination. It seems Mother Nature likes to show herself here and there just to make clear who's really in charge of our world.
Thankfully, our home wasn't damaged, but I cannot say the same for many of our neighbors. Our campus was closed today due to damage, so I am unsure of what I will find in our Outdoor Classroom (sniff!).
I tried to go in to campus today, but the roads were too cluttered with 100 year old trees laying torn from the earth across the streets. I am praying that there isn't too much damage to our yard, but whatever the damage, we will fix it and be up and exploring the outdoor classroom once again!