A month after tropical storm Iselle slammed into the Puna coast on the Big Island of Hawaii, people here are still dealing with the aftermath. There was so much damage, many people still consider it Hurricane Iselle, and don't refer to it as Tropical Storm Iselle.
On August 7, Iselle made her grand entrance. First the electricity went out in the early evening, which meant no lights, tv, hot food or showers, internet, and the fridge would start to get warm. (We don't own a power generator.) Also we lost phone service at the same time. As the evening progressed, the wind howled and we would hear branches from the trees surrounding our house, breaking off.
That night in bed, we held our breath when we would hear a cracking noise, than hear something fall to the ground with a thud. Every held breath was a prayer that nothing would land on our roof or damage our house. The next morning, this is what we saw. About 2 dozen trees -- some quite large -- uprooted, broken, fallen on other trees or lying on the ground. Smaller branches and leaves were on the roof, decks, driveway, and everywhere else.
Our power and phone utilities were not restored until 90 hours later! We spent 5 days living like we were camping out. I don't want to ever go through this experience again, but it did fill me with so much gratitude as things could have been a lot worse.
Now all I need to do is to set up a paypal donation link so we can raise money for a chainsaw!