3 of our trees fell down in the 2004 hurricanes. Charley didn't blow them over, Frances did. The ground was so saturated. Thankfully they did not hit the house. I think we spent two full days with the chain saw and dragging tree to the front curb.
One of the best businesses to be in post hurricane is stump grinding. :-)
Yeah, I loved the "alright girls, lets go back in the house ... Holy ..crap" - You have nerves of steel! If there's ever a reason to shriek like girls in scary movies and make a panic dash back into the house that was probably it.
I finally have power and it is a wonderful thing. The first thing I did was to call (literally) everyone in my phonebook without power and invite them over to do their laundry and have a hot shower, because that's what I'd want for someone to do for me.
Great news that you have power! Boy, the ability to take a good shower and get into clean, dry clothes is THE BEST when you've been sweating amid clean-up in the humid heat that comes after a storm.
Thankfully, we haven't had anything much since Fran and then Floyd.
Strangely enough, it was Diana that had the most personal impact. Although it wasn't the biggest, it did a loop-de-loop off the coast before landfall -and managed to topple two huge oak trees at my Grandmother's. She was never the same after that disruption; she couldn't cope and ended up with dementia.
It makes me really feel for all the folks down there who are still suffering from three years ago - rebuilding your life isn't easy when there's so much upheaval.
I'm glad that you're able to offer a hand to your friends and neighbors - it's always amazing how folks can come together after an event like that.