The storm actually did me a favor. The corn stalks were standing there drying so I could cut them down but the hale shreaded the leaves and turned them to mulch now they are on the ground and the corn stalk are just a broom handle type pole. The okra leaves were mulched too. Tomatoes, squash, melons, potatoes, everything was all mulched. The tomatoe cages will be easy to stack this year they were all stripped and cleaned. We had 2" of hale in the yard it was 1/2" to 1" diameter hale, it looked like winter with snow on the ground. Hale came down the gutter drain pipe and was piled 18" deep on the ground at each pipe. I was in the garage the hale hitting the 2 metal doors it was so loud I could not hear myself YELL. It was amazing and unexpected but I enjoyed the excitment of it. The kids went out side and threw hale at each other they later got shovels and threw shovels full of hale at each other and even buckets of hale at each other. That was fun for about an hour.
I wish I could order a hale storm every year a day or so before the first frost. LOL