I talked to my Dad the evening of 9/3, everything is fine there - cabin, house and property intact. They had some wind and a little rain but no tornado action.
Also on 9/3 my parts arrived from FastLane. New pulley installed in minutes with a new A/C belt and everything is normal. First thing I noticed upon start up, after the pulley replacement, was that the peripheral noise at idle was noticeably quieter. I always thought this car just had noisy belts, now in hindsight I think it was the bearing talking. So there's another early warning sign, if the idle noise seems louder and sounds like worn belts, check out the idler pulley.
'73 280SEL 4.5 (9/72)- RIP
Only 8,173 units built from 5/71 thru 11/72
'02 CLK320 Cabriolet - wifey's mid-life crisis
2012 VW Jetta Sportwagon TDI...at least its a diesel
Non illegitemae carborundum.