The wind has picked up a bit - now at about 32MPH. We have 8 horses but have decided to only bring in 5 and leave 3 in the back pasture. We have 7 stalls, but one is occupied with things we own and another will house other animals. The animals KNOW something is going to happen. We are waiting until the last minute until we bring them in the barn. One horse has jumped a fence - and keep in mind ..we do not have Hunter Jumper Horses! The fence was over 4 feet tall! One of my dogs has consistently dug his way out of the pen and keeps coming into the barn. I think he just wants to be with us, but I do not want to pen them up too soon.
Our barn is constructed in such a way that there is a 13 foot isle in between the stalls, where after the horses are in, we will be able to pull in our vehicles - even the dually truck. I am more worried about the wind as it is impossible for our farm to flood. The back pasture has a huge elevation drop.
We heard not long ago that a family in the town just South of us was taking down a dead tree this morning. A wind gust caught the tree, sending it down in an unexpected direction, falling on their 10 year old son. Sadly the child was killed instantly.