The weatherman said we were going to have some ice, but damn! I have lived in Oklahoma for most of my life and I've never seen an ice storm this bad. There is at least 3/4" of ice on everything. Power lines, blades of grass, and every little twig on a tree. I'd say that at least half of the trees on base here are destroyed. The rest of them are going to be terribly scarred. There is a giant tree out in my front yard. It was looking pretty pathetic this morning. I moved my wife's car about 5 minutes before a big branch came down where it was sitting! I can't get my bus out of my driveway because the tree has fallen apart behind it. When the tree branches break, it sounds like a shotgun blast and then the branch comes crashing down. It's pretty incredible. There's a couple cars that have trees sitting on them. A quarter of a million people in the Oklahoma City area are without power. My power keeps flickering, but we still have it. I have a generator if it goes out. I went to check on my grandma earlier. She has a giant tree in her front yard that's about 75 feet tall. It is probably over 100 years old, and it's totally destroyed. Fortunately, it didn't fall on her house. She has another big tree in her back yard that is crushing her shed and patio. Driving around town, there isn't one tree that doesn't have significant damage. This place is going to have some jacked up trees for years after this is over. Oh, and it's still coming down and is supposed to do this tonight too. It's a real mess! Check out some pictures I took. My camera doesn't do any justice though. It looks a lot worse when you can see all of the damage at once.
This tree is in a lot worse shape now than when I took the picture. You can't even drive down the street.
Looking down my street. These trees don't look as bad as some of the others around the base and around town. Different types of trees break easier than others. Cottonwood's aren't doing so hot. That gay car in the photo isn't mine by the way.
The next street over. Check out the Bonneville with a big tree branch sitting on it. This is (was) a nice car too.
Here's a power pole down the street from me. This is how a lot of them are looking. I don't know why I still have power!
Looking down my street towards my house.
Looking out into my back yard.