South east Michigan got stomped on by several lines of severe thunderstorms yesterday. I was driving home at the time, I got within about 300 yards of my driveway, when the trees on one side of my road were bent over, touching the trees on the opposite side.. There is a swamp on the south side of my road, about one acre or less, the wind was so strong that it immediately made whitecap'd waves and the wind was blowing the tops off the waves.. I was getting blasted by water from the swamp.. there was no rain yet.. I was so amazed by this that I stopped and watched the wind/wave action in this little swamp..
Then just about 50 feet in front of me, a tree is blown over, it was roughly 12" diameter at the base, and it crossed the road, and being a dead tree, it shattered, covering my van with 1"+ branches.. If I had not stopped to watch the waves/spray I'd have caught the tree with my van.. or my head inside the van..
So, with the road blocked, and the rain now coming down so hard I had only a few hundred yards visability, I reveresed to my neighbor's place.. he had borrowed my front loader/backhoe a few weeks ago. Good luck for a change.. after 20 minutes, the rain let up, and I drove the loader down to the blocked road, there were 3-4" diameter branches all over the road, not from the fallen tree. The wind was pruning the trees..
I made quick work of the downed tree, I pushed it out of the way and off the side of the road..
Last night we got about 2-3" of rain, and a branch of the above mentioned swamp has flooded the road on the other side of my property,, first time I've seen the water this high in 12+ years here..
My fields have lots of standing water. The road is flooded, and the neighborhood echos with the sound of generators running.. no power untill Monday night..
A 'fun' weekend in Michigan.. the temp was 82* before the storm front, temps on the back side about 55*.