I drove the rest of the way to Springfield this morning. Along the way there were cool forests of tree covered with a thin layer of ice...which glimmered in the sunlight like there was a huge crystaline forest that existed there.
Well, as I approached Springfield...that thin layer of ice became nearly 1/2 inch of ice on everything. Trees were pulled down, branches broken, and even trunks snapped under the weight of the ice on the tree. It was pretty incredible to see all the trees everywhere in such a state. I don't think that I've ever seen such a bad ice storm before. LeAnne and Jeremy were still without power at their home, though some friends of theirs 3 blocks away did have power.
All my stuff is moved into their house...though I'm at a hotel tonight in Branson, MO. There were tons of utilities trucks driving into Springfield as I drove in. Hopefully tomorrow things will be better. There are still over 25,000 without power as of tonight from what I hear on the news.
Here are some of my photos from the drive between Kansas City and Springfield, and of the fallen trees at my brother and sister-in-law's: