Most of the state of Illinois got hit with a major winter storm on Thursday and Friday. There was a very cold rain on Thursday and it was just starting to freeze as we settled in for the night to watch The Office (which we had taped earlier). At 10:02, the power went off. A look outside didn’t show any accumulation or even any snow yet, but we snuggled in for the night with extra blankets. Fortunately, the power came back on just as we were waking up the next morning around 8am. That was PLENTY of coldness for me. I am allergic, afterall.
However, even though our power was back, we didn’t get our internet back until tonight around 11pm. Nor did we realize how heavily the surrounding area got hit with this storm. While here in town there are some downed trees (mostly old ones that a strong wind could have taken out anyway), we had minimal snow and no ice. We had such a little bit that Chip didn’t even have to shovel the walks as the wind had taken care of the majority of it. It really looks more like a Christmas card than a town that had a major winter storm blow through.
Today, we loaded our kids in the car and drove up to Chicago for a wedding (I’ll blog that story tomorrow). It was the first time we’d been to Decatur since the storm and we were just shocked at what we saw. The ice was so thick that there were entire trees broken in two. We saw more than one tree that looked like it had just been peeled like a banana with nothing left standing. We drove past one of the A/G churches and they have a tree fallen onto the church. It was all pretty surreal, a lot like driving through Springfield last year right after the tornado hit. We drove past utility poles that looked like they had spaghetti hanging from them with every wire snapped. We saw 4 foot long icicles hanging from the overpasses. And Chip wonders why I don’t like winter???
If you think of it, pray for people in Central Illinois. Many are still without power. And many have no idea when they will be getting it back.