Granbury and Pecan Plantation? Tornadoes?

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  1. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Lee? Can't remember your name but you are in Pecan Plantation - how did you fare? ]

    Anyone else in the area?
     
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  3. Slowmodem

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    I was wondering about that today. It is a sad tragedy. I hope all our members are safe and sound.
     
  4. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I've seen the casualty list - he wasn't on it. Most of the homes destroyed weren't in Pecan Plantation, but with all those pecan trees, some significant limb drops could have done quite a bit of damage. The storm hovered there for what seemed like 15 or 20 minutes at least.
     
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    I'm still here! :thumbsup:

    Thanks for checking on me. We were on the edge of the EF4 storm. Two tornadoes in my gated community! Winds were over 100 mph at my house. Houses in my neighborhood lost shingles, patio and balcony covers...sometimes second floor rooms are missing. Lost two chimney caps, a fence and scores of mature trees. Thankfully, no fatalities here.

    Five NUCs and an 8 frame hive were scattered in the wind and rain. The five hives I tied with rope were unharmed. I reassembled them during a short lull, was only stung once. There is activity in all the hives today but we expect populations to be down and I'm holding my breath about the queens. Piles of dead bees where they were spread across the ground.

    I'm alive! :)
     
  6. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Glad you are ok. I almost tied my hives down yesterday. One of the storms headed for me but dissipated on the way.
     
  7. Lburou

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    ​We have gusty winds often enough that I keep the hives tied down all the time. :)
     
  8. efmesch

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    Glad to hear that the damages you suffered were "minimal".
    As the scouts say: "Be prepared".
     
  9. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    how about "BEE prepared". Not sure how to tie mine down without giving the ants a "leg up".
     
  10. Lburou

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    How my bees survived the tornado....

    Last week I caught a swarm in the trees next to my hives (another story). This is the location for most of my bees.

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    This is how I tie them down every day.

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    This is how they look today, after surviving 100+ mph winds!

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    Except for placing the top on the hive in the foreground, this is exactly how the hives survived tornadic winds. These broken limbs were about 8-12 inches in diameter.

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    Glad I tied them down. Four NUCs and One hive located down the hill were blown to pieces in the wind and rain. I restacked three of them during a short lull in the storm. You can see them in the background below. Stacked them close together and haven't moved them since.

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    All the bees are a bit testy now. :)
     
  11. Slowmodem

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    I'd say you came out of that well. :)