We do tornadoes in Ohio. Usually they come and go before you know one is in the neighborhood. So it was a surprise Sunday when the remnants of Hurricane Ike arrived with winds exceeding 75 mph. It was surreal — the sun was shining, the wind was blasting, trees were snapping, and it went on for 7 hours. When it had passed, two million homes in Ohio had lost power. My village was totally blacked out for the first time in my memory. Three days later, the electricity is still off at my house. As a result, the blog is likely to be an intermittent flicker for the near future.
Updated 092008: Most houses in the village, including mine, had electricity again by Thursday night. When I walked to the grocery then, I saw that the uprooted oak tree (above) had been cut into sections and removed from the roof of the house around the corner. Maybe it was the evening breeze, but I felt a sense of relief across the village as life settled down again. See more photos from the Yellow Springs News.
I worked on a crew that put a new standing seam metal roof on this house in 1980. According to oral tradition, the house was built shortly after the Civil War by a general in one of the Ohio regiments who came here from Cincinnati.