The worst natural weather I ever experienced was an Ice Storm in 2009. The damage to trees was incredible. Every 15 minutes a branch or tree would break off and the sound of ice crashing to the ground was awful. We had an icy event here last night that was mostly freezing rain the same as in 2009.
In 2009 the temperatures had been below freezing for some time and the surfaces were cold. The freezing rain built up immediately. Trees fell on power lines which them fell on our cars. Totaling our Durango and Corolla and damaging two other vehicles. Those type things can be replaced. We did miss the Durango as it was a fun auto. The insurance value of the couple year older corolla was more than the Durango, to our surprise. We did not replace the Durango. Last night the surfaces were still warm so I doubt there was much accumulation.
The power was out for two weeks. We made it fine and it was more of an adventure. The gas heaters we have in our old house kept us warm. We made our coffee and meals on a double propane fish cooker on the open front porch. Oil lamps to keep the dark at bay and allow a little reading.
The point and shoot camera I was using at the time used double A batteries so I robbed them from the remotes and things in the house and kept shooting. If I had the fancy camera I have today I would not have been able to recharge the batteries.
This shot from the hayfield looking back at the house. Red “Rocket” Jackson romping across the frame. Red is now gone and it reminds me of my old walking friend. Red the stray that stayed I would not mind seeing again. The Ice Storm of 2009 I can live without ever seeing again.