2016 Tornado in SW Cape! Wow! my dear readers….how ironic that we move to Florida from Tornado Alley and lo and behold…our little city has an EF2 tornado!
AND the tornado was just blocks away from our home…about 6 blocks North and encompassing about about 2-3 miles and I am adding (after further inspection) that the tornado included more area to the west of my little red message. The tornado came inland west of Beach Pkwy and damaged homes and palm trees all along it’s path for about 3 miles before dissipating into the skies.
Let me tell you that so far there have been no reported injuries or deaths…which is the most important thing. Properties can be replaced….human lives can’t.
The last tornado was about 12 years ago in this area and was associated with a hurricane. This is kind of a first for Cape Coral.
I am showing a few of the pictures of the damage and I believe most of the homes in this area still are without power.
I was born in the Midwest where tornadoes are very common, and I have been in and near many of these storms. However, last night…I was almost oblivious to the danger as we were watching the Kansas City Chiefs football game…it is the play-offs you see….and until the power went off, I was only aware of rain and a bit of wind that was blowing the curtains on our lanai. We had been in the pool earlier and other than the lightening, which demands that one be indoors….nothing seemed amiss. The Captain and I were excited to have two sports games to watch, Saturday….the Kansas City Chiefs and The Kansas Jayhawks who both came away victorious…but all that seems irrelevant now.
During our power outage, my grand daughter was keeping me informed (texting)…. of the status of the football game until the power was restored. Later, the Captain and I went to our local ice cream shop to celebrate the win before the start of the next game…. and it was then, that we were aware of the storms’ path and fury. We checked our home and the only “damage” we noticed was our Jayhawk garden flag had blown off the frame and was up by our door and a very large pot had blown over in the Secret Garden. We were very fortunate indeed.
Driving home from church this morning, we were able to see much of the damage that happened just a few blocks from our home and our heart goes out to these families. The rebuilding process can be difficult and full of unexpected expenses. Our thoughts and prayers are with them all.