A beautiful disaster
Tornadoes and Earthquakes leave mangled wreckage. Floods leave mud, dead crops, and moldy ruin. Volcanoes cover everything in abrasive dust. Plagues fill hospitals with the hopeless and dying. Droughts mount mile-high dust storms and heat waves are just sweaty. Ice storms are… unique as disasters go.
It started a couple days ago, a nasty ice storm that put 36,000 people out of power in Central Illinois. The power company has been working non-stop to restore power, to say nothing of trees that fell on houses, etc. The ceiling in my son’s apartment caved in and he is dealing with that.
Then last night, the temperature dropped to below zero – a cruel development for those still without power. And the wind began gusting to 30mph, downing trees, snapping power lines, and generally compounding the situation. We may get more ice on Tuesday (Christmas eve eve) but no expected thaw until Saturday. It is biting cold outside. Happy holidays, everyone.
And yet… it is so beautiful. Every tree branch sparkles like a diamond. It is truly a gorgeous, destructive winter wonderland. (Click the picture for a larger view.)