Well, it got a little windy on Thursday.
The winds were howling most of the morning, and continued to intensify as the day wore on. Rain was coming down in buckets, dumping 2 inches of rain with more to come.
I heard an unfamiliar sound while I was doing dishes, so I looked out the window to see the barn doors starting to bow in the wind. By the time I ran out to see if I could somehow secure them, they were already loose from their tracks and starting to let go, I tried to see if there was some way that I could save them, but I was no match for the heavy doors and the strong winds that were pulling them in and out. The horses were right near this barn so all I could do was run the horses into their barn to get them out of harms way and stay there, trying to keep them calm while listening to the sound of cracking and tearing wood and steel.
On the ground, in the right bottom corner of this picture, is one of the massive steel doors that are (were) on the east side of the barn. The other is flapping happily in the "breeze".
On the south side (where I am standing to take this picture) the doors started ripping off and then decided to do a little flip and come to a rest on the roof. Doors have no place on a roof!Unfortunately this is the barn that all the big chickens were hanging out in until their own barn is renovated, so after it got dark and the chickens were roosting in the dry part of the barn, I had to go and do some chicken wrangling, catching them all up while they were sleepy and moving them to another barn.....one that had some doors.
Although things got pretty scary for a while, once things calmed down we were able to get a better look at the damage, and it looks as though we may be able to salvage the doors ( the green must go though), we will need to replace some bracing and obviously the tracks and rollers are no longer useful.....also there is a little matter of removing them from the roof.
I'm just sayin' it was windy.