Earlier this week a storm whipped up and left a lot of damage to different neighborhoods in my city. Gusts or 70 mph were registered, and there were reports of hearing train-like noises. No tornadoes, thankfully, but high winds only can do tornado-like damage. This poor tree (shown above) was a victim of the wind. It was a lovely tree providing lots of shade. It is my neighbor's tree and it fell towards my house.
The tree clipped the corner of my house as it fell that night--and in fact was resting along my roof. Damage to my house looks like it was limited to the gutter, but I haven't been able to get up there to take a close look yet.
The swing set also took a hit from the tree. I'm going to have to check it well -- I think its joints have been stressed.
The news reports let us track this storm across the plains to the east and it continued to leave a trail of debris in its wake. Nature let us know that we are not truly in control of things, even though we sometimes think we are.