Holy cow! What a night. Some of you may have heard about the wind and rain storm that was predicted to hit us in the Pacific Northwest last night - and boy did it ever hit us! I've been through a lot of wind storms but I have never been anywhere near as scared as I was last night. We kept hearing this cracking, creeeeeking noise around midnight. Everytime a big gust came I was terrified that a tree was going to crash on top of us! Finally at 1 a.m. the cracking got louder and louder - THUD! Husband went out to the front yard and there was a HUGE tree that had uprooted and cracked up the middle ... just a couple of feet from our house! It hit in just the right way so as to not hit any other trees (which would certainly have hit the house then), no cars, and no homes. It fell between a set of trees within inches!!! I swear it's as if God just guided it gently down to avoid damage. Hubby is going to take photos today...I'll upload them as soon as I can. Of course our power had gone out around 5:30 p.m. and there was no power this morning. For some reason we had hot water...not sure why. I didn't think we had a gas water tank. But taking a shower by the light of a kerosene lantern is an experience I haven't had in awhile. We still don't have power but I'm at work now and everything is on here. Thanks for listening!!! (okay, for reading!) It was a really bad night for people here. Lots of homes DID get hit with trees and (so far) three people have lost their lives. One woman in Seattle got trapped in her basement by a mudslide and drowned. We listened to my husband's police radio last night and I cannot appreciate our police and state patrol more!!! They worked their tails off last night - trees blocking roads, electrical lines down...even a call for help from people trapped in their car with a power line over it!!! Very scary. God Bless the Police and Fire!!!!!!!!