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Storm Damage

July 1, 2012

Here in Huntington, trees came down and power went off but other than concern about frozen and refrigerated items spoiling, the worst part was discomfort because we have gotten so used to air conditioning. Through the magic imparted by iPhones, contact was maintained throughout the stricken area and here are insights and concerns from farms that were affected.
Yesterday we had a bad day on the farm. Of course the heat has been unbearable. The animals have survived until now. I guess they didn’t have the fortitude to continue on. Several of the pastured poultry that were just right to process died in the heat. This equated to roughly $150 loss at market price. They had plenty of water and shade but the heat was just like a desert blast.

No power here on the farm but thankfully no significant damage from Friday’s storms. And the generator is running the freezers.

We have nothin’ and won’t have nothin’ for a good long time to come. Firewood! We now have lots of firewood!!
There are two things I’ve learned today, not having power. 1) I will never be Amish, lol. 2) The 100 degree heat is good for something….hang-drying clothes quickly.

Yep generators in my future.
This heat is sure enough hard on the poultry. We’ve lost 2 hens and one turkey the past two days. Let’s pray for cooler weather and some gentle rain!
Lots of trees down. Huge tree down at the stone house snapped the lines going to the house. Trees down here on the hill, lots of damage 😦 some chicks blown away… Caught several! The others ran back and got back in chick pen to safety. Everyone else is hunkered down for a long night of either rain or cleanup!
Then the severe storm came, blowing away with tornado-like winds. The back-gusts from the reverse direction caused the most damage. I place most of my pens, coops and structures in a way to shelter it from the west and north. When the wind came through first from the west and a moment later we got a back blast from the east, it blew lids off of the chicken tractor and roof coverings off of the coop as well as blowing over my entire crop of tomatoes and peppers. They aren’t just leaning over. They are broken at the ground. I had invested heavily this year (for our little operation) in heirlooms and they were loaded with green tomatoes that I have been eying for days with anticipation. Estimating many would be ready with the opening of the Wild Ramp local market. I guess my chances of getting a payback this year are shot. I am sure many other local farmers have suffered similar. This is one of the factors that play into the cost of food, especially good food.
Sittin at the only gas station open for miles and thanking God all my family is safe. The girls and i hunkered down in the cellar we saw a tornado go through our backyard things are destroyed trees down and it tore up our hay trailer tore out fence bent our gates….tore everything off the deck ripped the shingles off our small barn….just too much damage and still looking for our cattle. But praise the Lord my family is safe!
Quick update for my family…we r all at home, no electric no phone now generator not working for freezers so now hundreds of dollars of beef chicken and pork in danger of losing. But thanking God my family is safe and YES the girls and i saw a tornado go through our farm. Still looking for our cattle.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. July 1, 2012 8:18 am

    So sorry to hear you have been devastated by storms but glad you are safe. What is happening to our weather worldwide? Here in the UK there has been extremely heavy rain, hail and even tornados in June. We have had the wettest April to June since records began in 1910. I hope things return to normal for you soon.

  2. July 1, 2012 9:04 am

    We are praying for all. So sorry to hear these stories. Glad to know what’s going on.

  3. July 1, 2012 2:56 pm

    Amazing… glad you and your family are safe, but struggling through this can’t be fun. I feel so terribly sad for the struggling farmers.

  4. July 2, 2012 5:46 am

    Glad to see you’re attempting to find the positive. The weather is wacky everywhere and moderation doesn’t seem to be a part of it. Hope the power comes on soon if not already. Sad to hear about the animals and the crops. We are so dry here just a few hours from you that the farmers look as if they could lose fields of corn this year – on a drive yesterday we noticed some fields turning brown. Sad.

    • July 2, 2012 5:51 am

      The vagaries of the weather has always been one of the uncontrolled factors that farmers face. And for the small farmers, crop or livestock insurance is just not part of the equation.

  5. July 2, 2012 7:38 pm

    I’m sending my friends link to you in hopes of saving your poultry. She is a rancher in Arizona who has to deal with 100+ degree heat every day. Her chicks do fine with some innovations. Her site is very informative on a number of subjects. Add her to your blogs you follow, you wont regret it. JW

    • July 2, 2012 8:40 pm

      it was amazing…I sent my request and assumed permission and got it out….wonderful suggestions and than you for sharing

  6. July 3, 2012 7:29 am

    Great! She’s a good friend of mine and true cowboy (girl…opps) ha ha

    • July 3, 2012 8:11 am

      cowperson sounds so stupid…some of this PC stuff is inane

      • July 3, 2012 8:57 am

        Ha ha! I know. that’s why I wrote and posted the short story “A garishly painted sign”.
        Trying to be PC and being a cowboy in the Old west (even today in many cases) is like viewing a train wreck. Something that should ever happen. Give me chivalry over PC anyday 🙂
        I hope you all are getting some electric up there in WV. My prayers and thoughts are with you. Joe

      • July 3, 2012 1:42 pm

        Still some holes in the power here in town…my husband’s office for one, although things around it have power..go figure. But we really can’t complain about our discomfort much. Some people will be out a full week. It has been interesting to watch the community and how it functions when some have and some don’t.

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