We lost four trees, with one of the biggest (and also one of my favorite) trees breaking in half and literally just grazing the front of our house (and wiping out the street power and some phone lines). The downed lines set off a pretty intense fireworks show. The craziest part was that I actually witnessed the big tree split, as I spent the entire length of the storm outside frantically repairing things and clearing downed limbs.
Before the major brunt of the storm, we got a little preview of Sandy's power, as our chicken barn took a hit that luckily didn't wreck too much when it came down, although the entire barn roof rests about a half inch lower (the door had to just about be torn open to get in). Man was that tree heavy to move. The chickens made it though!
Our old fence was also smashed by falling trees. It was while I was working on getting the fence back up that the big tree cracked apart, as I tacked parts together to hold through the winds.
Some other areas in town were also beaten up, but for our location I'm pretty sure we got the "Nature's Revenge" special treatment. We're feeling pretty lucky though, as that big tree could have really caused some major damage had it snapped only a few feet lower.
I'm catching up on emails today and shipping the rest of the orders from the last week out as well. The net connection is in and out, so we will be a little bit behind until we are 100% back to full power (which should be early next week).
We hope that everybody who was affected by Sandy is recovering at a steady pace, we're thinking of you guys.