Pictures of damage on our street in Northern California from a wild storm on January 1, 2006.

The wind from this storm came out of nowhere. Eileen and I walked to Starbucks for coffee and scones at about 8:30 AM. It was raining just a little, so we brought our umbrellas. The rain picked up a little bit by the time we got to Starbucks and by the time we finished our coffee, it was like a hurricane had moved in. We made it home in one piece, but it was a challenge. The winds got worse and the power eventually went out. We decided to take a ride and here's what we encountered as we tried to drive down our street.