Madison Indiana Photography

“Hurricane Hits Madison Indiana”

As crazy as the title implies that is exactly what happened Sunday September 14, after slamming the Texas Gulf Coast, the Remnants of Hurricane Ike made their way North East up thru the Ohio Valley bringing sustained winds of 50 mph with gusts of 80 mph.

The storm uprooted thousands of trees shutting the power off to half a million people from Paducah Kentucky to Cincinnati Ohio, I lost power from Sunday afternoon to Early Saturday morning. Damage in my neighborhood was limited to tree damage and shingles being blown off roofs, other homes were severely damaged by uprooted trees and even roofs being completely blown off structures.

Luckily only minor injuries were reported in our area but I believe there was a loss of lives in Kentucky from the winds, some of those big limbs and trees could really cause some serious injuries and even death if you would have happened to have been in the wrong place.

Losing power for a week was not nearly as hard as I thought it was going to be, we had great weather and good neighbors, some people were losing their patience with the Duke Energy repair men but I thought they did a wonderful job considering the incredible scope and size of the blackout.

We were able to get warm water and hot food so the time we spent without power wasn’t that bad, being without the Internet and other electronic gear was the biggest drawback but we got thru it with candles and board games. It wasn’t something I would not want to experience in the heat of summer or the cold of winter but it was definitely not the end of the world and we all seemed to work thru it all right.

I shot quite a few images of the damage so I thought might share a few with you if I can figure out how to use my computer again.


September 24, 2008 - Posted by | architecture, blogging, DSLR, fountain, history, image, images, indiana, landscapes, life, Madison Indiana, nature, nature photography, outdoors, photoblog, photography, random, travel, Uncategorized, West Street Art Center


  1. […] Digital photography by Bernie Kasper […]

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  2. Wow! That must have been some wind! Glad you were OK!

    Comment by montucky | September 24, 2008 | Reply

  3. The National Hurricane Center had stopped issuing reports before it got close to you. Having been through several hurricanes, the only way I’ve learned to measure it is by waiting for Jim Cantore of the Weather Channel shows up. Wherever he is, you don’t want to be. Glad you got through ok.

    R(etc… )

    Comment by Ron in L.A. | September 24, 2008 | Reply

  4. wow. what destruction.

    Comment by Sumedh | September 24, 2008 | Reply

  5. it must be terrified. glad you finished with this ok

    Comment by vaggelis vlahos | September 24, 2008 | Reply

  6. Bernie, I’m glad you and yours only had to deal with loss of power. I’m shocked to see the roof and top of that one brick home crushed.

    Comment by Jim | September 24, 2008 | Reply

  7. Power was out at our place (in northeastern Ohio) from Sunday through Friday because of Ike. My husband and I were on vacation at the time so we missed the destruction as it took place (just have the clean-up now that we’re home). What amazed me was that there was barely a word about it on the news.

    What a mess, eh? The first and list photos…wow. Glad you’re ok.

    Comment by Robin | September 25, 2008 | Reply

  8. Scary photos. I knew there had been a lot of damage from some other blogs and from talking to friends with family in the midwest.

    Taking the train into Chicago, we went through Indiana. It seemed to take as long as the entire rest of the trip because the tracks were in such bad shape.

    Comment by wren | September 25, 2008 | Reply

  9. Look like the hurricane has done quite serious damages in your area.Glad you are ok and take care.

    Comment by visuallens | September 26, 2008 | Reply

  10. Wow. That is incredible Bernie, (not in a good way of course). I hope things return to normal for you shortly.

    Comment by Richard Wong | September 27, 2008 | Reply

  11. My sympathies, completely. Fortunately you were only hit by tropical storm force winds, not hurricane force! We always keep a book of “Mad Libs” handy for such occurrences. Helps keep you laughing even when things are dark, stormy & uncertain. When I saw the local power co. guys restoring our neighborhood’s power days after Gustav, I stopped to tell them that I loved them. They seemed to appreciate that.

    Comment by Lana Gramlich | September 28, 2008 | Reply

  12. thanks for sharing, that looks pretty intense.
    wow, one week without power sounds scary, its kind of funny that it seems funny to me now, because growing up in india, we would have power outages very frequently, in fact we had one designated day of the week for each neighborhood, that we would not deliberately not have power, because of the scarcity of resources, and not having enough power to make up for the demand….

    Comment by ankush | September 29, 2008 | Reply

  13. Glad you are alright Bernie. Sad to see such nice building damaged and to see the area suffer through all the loss such storms bring.

    You are definitely in my thoughts!!!

    Comment by Artist Boyd Greene | September 30, 2008 | Reply

  14. Wow those are some dramatic photos of the damage that Ike caused in your area.

    Comment by RecycleCindy | October 1, 2008 | Reply

  15. Wow, Bernie — who’d have thunk it?! Your title was a bit startling, but the photos were even more so. Glad to know you are safe.


    Comment by The Right Blue | October 1, 2008 | Reply

  16. Glad to hear you are ok Bernie – it looks like you had some wild times! Glad to see you remembered how to use your computer 🙂

    Comment by truddle | October 1, 2008 | Reply

  17. Ouch!
    Reminds me a bit of hurricane Hugo when it hit South Carolina.
    Glad to see that you are okay!

    Comment by macroartinnature | October 2, 2008 | Reply

  18. Bernie, I’m a lagger. So sorry to hear about your damage, but thankful your family is safe. Those pictures are incredible, especially the one of the tree literally buckling the sidewalk!

    Stay well. You don’t need that kind of excitement in your life.

    Comment by Photo Buffet | October 4, 2008 | Reply

  19. Quite a fair bit of damage on property and landscape with this hurricane, hope everything is alright there and things would get back to normal again.

    Comment by JH | October 11, 2008 | Reply

  20. Nearly 6 weeks after these shots were taken and I finally got the city to pick up all the cut up limbs from behind our house, guess they have been a little busy !!

    Comment by Bernie Kasper | October 23, 2008 | Reply

  21. huricane ike’s remenant kill more people in Indiana than in any stat than Texas. !5 in texas and 15 in in other states 7 of which were in Indiana.

    Comment by Peace | July 9, 2010 | Reply

  22. hurricane irene almost made it to my state

    Comment by Anonymous | September 7, 2011 | Reply

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