That is a fitting name for this post, as the winds outside our house right now are blowing at speeds that have been clocked at 85 mph, which is technically hurricane-force. The wind truly sounds like a freight train. I have never experienced such a ferocious wind storm, and we get them every year around this time.
If you've checked the news, you've heard about the Malibu fire, but seriously, when doesn't Malibu burn? Every frickin year they have a fire, it just goes with the territory of being remote and having heavy brush, combined with no irrigation and a canyon. It's just a volatile mix.
Meanwhile, in the very canyon in which my house is located (the Fremont Canyon) we are in the thick of those winds clocked at hurricane speed, and it is just crazy, people. There are trees being uprooted everywhere, as well as something that just hit my roof. I'm not kidding. We have seen at least two transformers blow out, kind of pretty, actually that huge blue glow that lights up the sky, and we are just waiting for our power to go out any minute now. We're lucky it hasn't already. The amount of dust, ashes, and debris in the air is horrible, and at times, it is difficult to even stay on the road if you are in the car.
And, we've just had our own fire started about 8 miles away, so we'll see what happens with that. Although the wind is blowing in the other direction, so unless it changes course overnight, which is unlikely, we should be fine.
Never a dull moment here in California.
UPDATE: Power has been down since 10:30 last night, I'm at the library and Hubba-hubba is on the cell with the utility company trying to find out when things will get back on. I'm just pissed that I missed the last 20 minutes of Brothers and Sisters. It's not looking good, though. So, all our food is probably done for, which is almost 300 bucks worth of groceries. But luckily, I ate the last of the ice cream last night. The fires are not imminent around here, but the sun is currently being blocked out by all the ash in the air. If the power doesn't come back on by this evening, I'm guessing we will have to stay somewhere else tonight, because it is too hot to stay without A/C and we can't open the windows due to all the ash. Boo.