Last weekend Connecticut was hit with a major noreaster that dumped over a foot of heavy, wet snow in many towns. If this storm was in December it wouldn't be that big of a deal, but this is October! Most of the trees still hadn't dropped their leaves so snow quickly accumulated on the branches. The loud crackling sound of tree limbs could be heard as they snapped off and fell to the ground.
It didn't take long before most people lost power, including us. Since we were snowed in, I decided it would be a good time to start feeding the birds again. I counted as many as sixteen Mourning Doves beneath the bird feeders.
This is a pile of branches that snapped off from one of our trees during the storm.
The morning after the storm I took a walk around the neighborhood and found this Red-tailed Hawk snacking on some sort of rodent.Most of the state has been without power since Saturday afternoon due to downed power lines.
The storm was on Saturday and I took these photos on Wednesday. There has been record lines at gas stations in the city with some people having to wait 2 hours to get gas. Streets have been obstructed by downed tree limbs and power lines. Every traffic was out and had to be treated as a four way stop sign. Some people didn't understand this and would drive right through without stopping. Laundromats were filled to capacity with people trying to catch up on laundry.
It's been a difficult week for many residents of Connecticut. About half the state is stil without power with 99% restoration predicted by Sunday. There are some good things that happen during situations like this. Friends,family, and neighbors have to rely on each other for help. People are forced to take a break from television, computers, and cell phones. It makes you appreciate some of the modern conveniences you have while you are forced to adapt to diffiult circumstances. I didn't mind the experience but I'm glad we have our power back!