This is what we've been dealing with in Waco this weekend: http://www.wacotrib.com/news/content/news/slideshows/050606tornado/index.html Late Friday night storms moved in. I turned on the TV and their "tornado predictor" was predicting tornados in two places, one being very close to our house. Not long after that the tornado sirens started going off (Waco was the sight of the deadliest tornado in Texas so we have this warning system). I went and woke my wife and pulled her and the dog into the hallway in the middle of the house. The wind was blowing really hard and the last I saw before we took cover was the electrical wires outside going around and around like a double-dutch jumprope. All you could hear was wind. The power went out soon after the sirens started. That lasted about 20 minutes. I was monitoring the situation on the wife's mp3 player/radio and when they said the storm was breaking we went to bed. Woke up the next morning and still no power. Went outside to assess the damage. We don't really have any big trees in our yard. Just crape myrtles and two new trees that we planted. The crape myrtles were beat down and our new red oak that had been solidly tethered down was uprooted. We were lucky. No damage really. We spent the morning helping the widow across the street clear full-sized trees from her yard, cutting them up and stacking them at the road. One had fallen over the power lines that go to her house, ripping them out of the box. We began to hear rumors in the neighborhood that it would be 48 hours until power was back up. As I drove around later that day I believed it. I saw snapped poles everywhere and I actually saw a couple of snapped poles that were completely upside down standing on the wrong end. There were full-grown giant live oaks completely uprooted and tossed aside, the coca-cola plant had it's roof torn off, houses were melded with trees. It was pretty crazy but amazingly there were no deaths reported! While we were helping our neighbor we saw a TXU (electric company) truck slowly cruising around assessing damage. I flagged them down to notify them of the down power lines behind this lady's house. They said power would be back on in about an hour. Boy were THEY wrong!! After we helped our neighbors get cleaned up my wife and I decided to continue with our plans for the day. We went to a friend's wedding in a part of the city that was undamaged. Then went out to eat japanese food and then we went and saw The Fiddler on the Roof put on by our local civic theater. I kept imagining kserg in the show, stumbling out drunk and botching lines. He would have been perfect. Anyway, the power was still out when we got home. I was really beginning to worry about the pounds and pounds of venison we have stored in our freezer. All those wonderful suasages and steaks coming closer and closer to melting point. The power finally came on almost exactly 24 hours after it went out. Hallelujah! Check out the slide show I linked at the beginning for a few pictures. Big props to the local electric company guys. I saw these guys out working hard all day and many of them probably worked nonstop for a really long time to get us back up. bc ps - No, I did not deliver water to everyone in the neighborhood for those of you who are wondering pps - Sorry to say that the fence sections that the Qintar built for me are leaning a bit at this point. Not sure what I'm going to do about it. the Qintar told me that he guaranties his work but I'm not sure if that includes tornados.