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Stormy Weather [Mar. 13th, 2010|08:42 pm]
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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.

[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2010-03-14 07:16 am (UTC)
Ow! I didn't know about this as I was on the road and then too tired to watch the news (whatever it was, I didn't want to cope.)
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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2010-03-14 12:44 pm (UTC)
I didn't know about it until I read in in the online news-blog for my town. (http://westportnow.com/)

This morning it sounds like the winds have died down and the coastal flooding is over. But they are predicting and additional 2-5 inches of rain today and we don't usually get that kind of rainfall. Getting it on top of whatever they got yesterday is going to cause some streams and rivers to flood. I'm glad my nephew is at our house out there so he can take care of things if the basement floods or the stream gets too close to the house.

I also like to imagine him relaxing in his little oasis of electricity in the midst of a blacked-out town. When we had the house fixed up, we installed a generator that's hooked into the city gas line. It comes on automatically whenever the power goes out. It's quite useful when there's a big power outage like this. It's still cold up there and it's going to be a while before many people get their power back.
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