Dang Jane, not only am I gaining a new respect for TWG but I'm gaining a whole new respect for Ohio as the "Hurricane capital of the midwest!"
Maybe next time you doggone Buckeyes will obey when told to evacuate or face certain death.....or maybe I've got my states confused.
This has been THE weirdest "natural" phenomena I've ever encountered, Bob. From what I can figure out (thanks to weather.com archives), the wind from that * hurricane got to Missouri, crossed the Mighty Mississip, ran across I-64 to wallop Louisville, KY (with even greater damage to Owensboro [birthplace of the Delectable Johnny Depp, btw...
]), then decided to take I-71 instead and headed up my way.
Some places around here sustained short bursts of 92 mph winds but the long-term force was much less than that. Like a tornado, the damage is here and there... mostly here... but there are a few places that didn't even suffer a "ruffling." Rather like treetop-level tornadoes, maybe?
Anyway, THE wind carried on I-71 right up to Columbus (and from the way my study coordinator tells it) and tore the sam-hill * out of Ohio State's campus. Not stopping, it gathered strength in the flat(ter) land meandering up to Cleveland and did major damage there, too.
I can't verify this but it looks like it went on its merry way to pummel Erie, PA and Buffalo, NY, too, before leaving the USA to check on Canada.
I have NO verification on the post-Columbus trek, guys, but this storm surely has to be one for the record books. How often do Buckeyes suffer the ill-effects of Gulf Coast storms?!?!?!
It sure is GREAT to have my electric back on, I tell ya. My idea of "roughing it" is Howard Johnson's with a black-and-white TV.