Hurricane Survival Thread 2012

Might be a good idea for everyone to unplug their computers if you havent done so already. Don't want a burned out motherboard.

Man, been watching the CNN coverage. I actually didn't realise how bad this was. I can't stop watching.

Be smart, people. Don't be stupid...

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TempestBlayze wrote:

Might be a good idea for everyone to unplug their computers if you havent done so already. Don't want a burned out motherboard.

Mine's been powered down since last night, didn't unplug it from the wall but it's on a surge protector (same with all the other electronics). Will definitely unplug stuff when the power dies.

Wind gusts here are up to 57 mph now, according to the Weather Underground station down the street.

Here in Attleboro Mass everything I am seeing is that the worst is here and moving through for us in the next 4 hours or so. While I will count our household lucky if we hold onto power for the duration, I am thankful this is nowhere near the walloping we took from Irene last year. Our local area got absolutely hammered by hurricane force wind.

Best of luck to the folks in NJ/NY, and along the RI/MA/CT coastline.

Not much in Stow, MA. Playing some Skyrim.

Fake Hurricane Sandy Photos Already Spreading Across Web

Includes the pic of Times Square and the tomb of the unknown soldier.

We are in East Wareham MA a few miles from the bridges leading to Cape Cod. For now we have power and only had a few flickers. Rain has not been bad yet just windy.

Important information!! I only hope this can get to people before it is too late!

Nine ways to make your cell phone last the whole storm even if the power goes out

Central N.C. checking in ...

The coast is getting beaten on, but the Outer Banks has seen worse.

The high elevations are expecting about a half foot of snow. That's a lot for this early in the season.

Here? Cloudy and a little breezy. Had to turn the heat on this morning.

Safe safe, y'all.

Man, can't believe we still have power. Just had a bit of flickering, but it subsided. Don't know how high the gusts are for us, but they're definitely increasing in regularity. If we have power in another 4 hours I'll be more than shocked.

Just in case - water tank made from a bin bag and a cardboard box

http://www.instructables.com/id/A-wa...

We're probably going to see the worst beginning at about 6ish. Right now we've still got power, though there's an outage about half a mile away.

Polliwog wrote:

I'm a few neighborhoods away from Paleo and Robear, so at least I'm near good company!

I need to make it out to more S&T's. I'm just a couple miles away from Robear and crew, though I haven't been over there in a while since we had our two boys.

I think the scariest thing for my wife and I, given our kids, is that we both work positions where we could potentially get called in. She's the ALPO of the inpatient psych ward down at Walter Reed, and I'm a cable guy in the area. This week's gonna be hell, but thankfully it seems our daycare is open for kids of essential personnel (which she is).

I'm guessing I'm going to be up my ladder a lot after this storm. I was in the office today taking a final exam for a course I'm taking through work, and overheard that they may be shutting down operations tomorrow. Good thing, cause I don't see how it'd be safe or productive for a guy like me to try to run service calls in this crap.

I wish we were better prepared, but we have enough to last a few days. And the inverter in my truck can run our deep freezer, so that shouldn't be an issue for us.

Tanglebones wrote:

We're probably going to see the worst beginning at about 6ish. Right now we've still got power, though there's an outage about half a mile away.

Weather advisory says worst will be here through 7 PM. Lights have flickered a few more times probably due to some incidents a few blocks away according to the outage map. Still surprised power has stayed on as long as it has.

farley3k wrote:

Important information!! I only hope this can get to people before it is too late!

Nine ways to make your cell phone last the whole storm even if the power goes out

:)

A few weeks ago my NPR station was having a pledge drive and one of the gifts was one of those emergency radios w/ a solar panel and crank charger, but the cool part was that it had a USB port as well for charging phones. Pretty much unlimited cell power i an emergency, as long as your arms hold out.

I knew I should have become a member

Edit: Found one on Amazon

I'm probably 20 miles NW of cceserano...I'm not spelling that correctly, but don't want to go one page back, apologies I'm on the other side of Philly, west suburbs, and the thing I'm worried about is the trees. We lost trees when we get 40 mph winds. If we get 50+, which it looks like we will, we could get serious power interruptions. "Extended period of power outages" is what the news is warning about. We're prepared...I think.

Ocean City is so screwed. It's a barrier island, pretty thin, pretty flat, and high tide doesn't hit until 8 pm tonight. Those houses that already have water halfway up the side? It's going to get worse. And most of the island is the same height. Yikes.

Absolutely no problems with power for me. In fact, the worst realization I've had is that the hatchback to my car tends to leak when it rains a lot and develop a small pool of water. I have a cover so nothing gets ruined or moldy, but it still sucks, especially in the summer, as it gets precipitation all over the inside.

My friends posting photos of themselves sitting comfy with liquor and a game controller are pissing me off since I just had to spend all day actually working, and let me tell you remote connection + Microsoft Infopath + IBM Management Center = sh*tcock.

The next lot down the hill is already flooded. I think the basement apartments in that building are done; there's a ton of standing water there.

We're on the third floor on top of a hill so we're not worried about that at least.

The wind is getting pretty unreal already. And newest projection has her coming basically right over our heads.

Still have power at least.

Stay safe, everyone. If computers work in your post-hurricane wasteland, I'll be here with a glitched Speech check so you can power-level.

Governor of NJ is about to start a press conference right now.

For the second year in a row, we are looking at major flooding. Irene almost flooded my basement. Barely held on. Heard water in the basement drain. Going to sweat it out again this storm.

Power company already telling the media that underground power lines are expensive and not worth it. Having lived with underground power and above ground power, I know which is better.

Good luck to everyone. Stay safe.

Greg wrote:

For the second year in a row, we are looking at major flooding. Irene almost flooded my basement. Barely held on. Heard water in the basement drain. Going to sweat it out again this storm.

Power company already telling the media that underground power lines are expensive and not worth it. Having lived with underground power and above ground power, I know which is better.

Good luck to everyone. Stay safe.

Yeah, I'm not buying that argument either. Sure, it will be expensive and a lot of work to bury power cables, but the lost revenue every time a storm comes through, on top of repairs, must also cost a pretty penny. Not to mention the loss of goodwill from the customers. I know that both I and my wife were less than pleased with CL&P's handling of the last few storms.

Mystic Violet wrote:

Governor of NJ is about to start a press conference right now.

I dislike Chris Christie's politics, but did enjoy his "don't be stupid" admonition when they told people to evacuate.

Thankful for the Frmch drain system and dual sumps today - although, as with the well pump, they all rely upon the electricity. Next year's plans include a standby generator hooked up to the gas lines, with an automatic transfer setup so that it all kicks in even in an outage.

sithload wrote:
Mystic Violet wrote:

Governor of NJ is about to start a press conference right now.

I dislike Chris Christie's politics, but did enjoy his "don't be stupid" admonition when they told people to evacuate.

Agreed. Governor CC was bashing the major of Atlantic City for telling residents to stay. Said it's not safe to send first responders to rescue them now; will be sent tomorrow morning. So people are trapped near the AC coast that is now flooded. That is crazy.

Governor Bloomberg of NY now speaking.

I hope it's not insensitive to interject a little humor into this horror show. I'm thinking of all of you and hope you're safe.

That said, this Twitter feed is hysterical:

Romney's Storm Tips ‏@RomneyStormTips
Everyone in the path of the hurricane should head to their second or third home to safety #Sandy #RomneyStormTips
Retweeted 18223 times

Romney's Storm Tips ‏@RomneyStormTips
Guys this is getting serious on the waters are rising get to your yachts... or your parents yacht #Sandy

Romney's Storm Tips ‏@RomneyStormTips
When I become President I will disband the National Weather Service and let state's dictate what the weather is #Sandy

Dancing trees outside, sideways rain at times. Lights have flickered several times the past few hours. Figure losing power is inevitable, still just hoping to keep power until the kids are asleep so they might sleep through it.

Getting really annoyed at all these idiot news guys standing out in the hurricane. We believe you. There are horrible conditions out there. Plant a camera safely, leave it on, and show pics from that.