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The snowstorm that hit so suddenly on Thursday affected me only slightly, had to sweep some snow, but for my friend Brian an hour and a half away, the power was knocked off... and still, 3 days later, hasn't been restored. He's out in a more rural area, but it's not the boondocks. He keeps getting phone updates from the power company, which keeps changing when they think they'll have it back on.

For his area it was supposed to be on at 8, so he and his family went back home, but it was all dark. Now the power co. is saying 11pm. I guess they'll have to camp out in front of the fireplace with bottled water. No electricity, no heat, and no water either, because the pump has an electric thing to start it. Other people in the county next to them may not get their power on for a day or three. Yes, the news says some may wait until Wednesday.

I'm not clear on why this storm was so bad. It was nothing to heavier snowfalls we've seen just the last couple of years. Here, about 2 or 3 inches fell, and it was just about all gone in 2 days because the temperature rose from 30 to 40.

posted on Nov 18, 2018 6:40 PM ()


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comment by traveltales on Nov 26, 2018 9:35 PM ()
What's a hurricane? We have had 1 in 12 years!
comment by greatmartin on Nov 21, 2018 2:13 PM ()
Charley hurricane, that I referenced, was in 2003. We have had four more since then. We stayed for all of them except the latest, a year ago. We did evacuate for that, although, as it turned out, we needn't have because we had no damage and did not lose power.
comment by tealstar on Nov 20, 2018 11:19 PM ()
Reason # 98,764 I don't miss the 4 seasons--we have had a year with NO problems from weather
comment by greatmartin on Nov 19, 2018 9:16 AM ()
Umm... hurricane?
reply by drmaus on Nov 19, 2018 10:55 AM ()
Coping with no power puts you right back in Colonial times. We have a generator but it is hard to start. I believe a power out in winter is almost better because you can put your food outside and secure it and it will freeze. There really is no good time for a power out. That is why I hate ice storms.
comment by elderjane on Nov 19, 2018 5:51 AM ()
My friend still has no power today, despite promises it would be up last night. Because he had to leave to have water and heat for his family, I don't he had a chance to put the food in cold places.
reply by drmaus on Nov 19, 2018 10:53 AM ()
We lost power for a week during the Hurricane Charley aftermath. We had flashlights and candles, slept with windows open for whatever breeze we could get. Everyone helped. Our neighbors had a generator and took our freezer food to put in their refrigerator. The stores gave out free water. We flushed with pool water. If you have a pool, you don't have to stockpile water for the bathroom. Sanibel, the large (vacation destination) island below our tiny one, was without power for weeks. I figure we were lucky.
comment by tealstar on Nov 19, 2018 2:45 AM ()
I'd forgotten about your hurricane, I wondered at the time whether you'd stayed home the whole time or not. That must have been something. I'm not sure whether an outage is worse in summer or winter -- both difficult. I think I need to get some more storm supplies and backup ideas.
reply by drmaus on Nov 19, 2018 4:35 AM ()
We had a three or four day power outage a couple years ago - our generator gave out after a day and we couldn't get it started. The highway was closed for construction at the time and we couldn't get anyone up here to fix it - learned where all the gaps were in our disaster preparedness - one of them was we needed a camping stove.
comment by traveltales on Nov 18, 2018 8:41 PM ()
I need a water barrel, I think, and ... I'll have to think about it. Probably a stove too, or at least a woodgas kind of little thing.
reply by drmaus on Nov 19, 2018 4:38 AM ()

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