March 13th, 2010

Space Cadet

Stormy Weather

They are having a huge storm in my hometown back in Connecticut right now. 43% ot the town is without power. They are evacuating houses near the waterfront due to flooding and many roads are blocked by fallen trees, including one that fell on a car and killed the driver. At around 5:30 this evening town officials issued a "CodeRed Alert" requesting people to stay off of the roads because so many trees are down and many of them took down power lines as they fell. As of 6:30 pm, the fire department had responded to 139 calls. I'm of two minds about this. Part of me feels sympathy for the folks having a rough time due to the storm, and part of me wishes I was there working with the fire department doing storm-related stuff.

The storm is also hammering New York City. My sister reports that the city's 911 system is overloaded and for the moment, her cable TV and Internet are down. Thanks to the fact that New York puts its power lines under ground, they do still have power.