I'm not at all sure that this was officially a microburst or if that's just another word for an intense unexpected wind. But a sudden, mighty wind it was, and it did a bit of damage in its path.
We were sitting in the house when the general quiet of the day was interrupted by a flurry of swirling leaves and bowing branches. We both looked up and gazed out onto the lake which had looked clear and smooth moments earlier.
At this moment - not so much.
We could feel the pressure of the gusts make the house shudder. Later, Frank said that he had heard a crack which he figured was a fallen branch but that sound eluded me.
The whole incident lasted under a minute. Probably fewer than twenty seconds.
Peeking through the window, we were able to see some brush close to the base of one of the trees bordering our property. This confirmed what Frank thought he'd heard.
Up close though, we realized that it wasn't just a branch. It was the whole top portion of the tree.
It lay across the width of our neighbour's driveway. They had left the weekend before to spend the rest of the winter in the city so thankfully, there were no people or vehicles in its path.
Standing back a bit, you can see the length of the broken part, the trunk from which it came and the entrance to our kitchen on the right.
Luckily, there wasn't any significant damage to any other property - ours or the neighbours'.
I guess that no matter how mighty you believe yourself to be, everything has its breaking point.
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