Tomorrow we are supposed to get sleet and freezing rain with an accumulation of ice up to 1/2 "! "Every time" I hear ice I get a little paranoid, why? Because in 1991 we lived through one of the worst Ice Storms to hit Indiana. We were living in Frankfort, In at the time which is about 15 miles north of where we are now. I just happen to be 8 and 1/2 months pregnant with Hannah. One night it was very late after midnight and it started to sleet. Lindsay was 3 at the time with her 4th birthday party that following weekend. We had picked up her cake that day for the party knowing the storm was coming and wanted to be sure we could get it. The sleet was hitting our kitchen window and it sounded like it was the size of peas. Of course Art and I couldn't sleep and I ended up with horrible indigestion due to the pregnancy and the storm. I was sipping on some soup around 2 am when the power went out. Well great! We stepped outside to see what other houses were out and it was like a war movie. You could hear limbs and trees crashing everywhere, and it was so dark you couldn't see the hand in front of your face. Can you say, "Eerie" We went back inside and around 4 am we saw a flash light peering in our window, then it moved and went to another window, then another, all around the house. Let me tell you I almost had Hannah right there and then.
Art finally went out and it was the Sheriff's dept. My Mom was so worried about us with me being pregnant and all, and the phones were dead, with no cell phones yet, so she called them to come out and check on us. Took me hours to calm down.
The next day was unbelievable!!!!! It looked like a tornado had gone through. Trees, telephone poles, power lines were down every where. You couldn't drive down many of the roads due to the damage. The ice that had formed on our antenna on the truck was the diameter of a banana. Our fence was a solid sheet of ice about 2 " thick. I-65 was closed due to power poles ( you know those HUGE ones in fields) were down and lines were laying on the interstate. It was a mess! We had animals at the time and being in the country we had no water, with our own well and no pump. So we had to go and get water in buckets from our friend in town, oh that was fun! We were without power for 19 LONG miserable days.
We lived in the kitchen mostly with our stove heating the place. The county we lived in was declared a disaster and only emergency vehicles were allowed on the roads. So no birthday party. We didn't go hungry though because no party meant a huge cake for us to eat! Took me until the following year to be able to look at another piece of cake. So when they mention ice.....well you can only guess the memories that come flooding back. If you don't hear from me for a while you know we are without power...now that is not funny!
So from Cold Indiana Best Wishes.