We had an incredible ice storm that started last night at about 1am and got really bad really quick. I was actually more scared last night than I was when I was in the hurricane that I experienced when I lived in Florida. This is something that I have never experienced before. This really didn't affect a large number of people near as badly as it did for us that leave on the mountain tops, but it sure brought disaster for enough people. I was without power for almost 20 hours and Allegheny Engergy is expecting that some may not have power again until tomorrow evening.
When I woke up in the morning everything was literally coated in ice. Large branches and entire trees fell and collapsed because of the extreme pressure of the weight of the ice and the trees that didn't break were bent (some in a complete rainbow shape). Long after the rain/ice stopped falling it still appeared like a hail storm because of the chunks of ice falling off of the trees. When I went to my car I literally had to hold a plastic lid from a large rubbermaid container to keep the ice from striking my head - and even in that short walk, enough ice hit that lid that I probably could have been knocked silly if I didnt have it. Even during this time there were still entire branches cracking and falling off of trees.
I took a lot of pictures of this entire ordeal and I posted the best ones in two seperate photo albums. All of you are welcome to take a look:
Ice Storm (12/16/07)
Ice Storm (12/16/07) #2