Hurricane Survival Thread 2012

Still have power, but we've had a few flickers.

Yeah, flickering has increased for us too. Perhaps the storm that came through in June (in the middle of that damn heat wave) knocked down most of the weak trees. Also, no lightning which has to play a role in keeping trees and branches upright.

My work is still a go for tomorrow, but starting two hours late. Should be an interesting day trying to get around and work with 20 MPH winds.

According to the local paper, Stow has had no outages because last year's storm took down most of the weakened trees and limbs. Small town living: they also note that the fire department has pumps to lend out (a dozen!) if anyone needs to sort out a basement issue, as well as some generators if you have small kids or sick folks to care for.

Flickering's almost constant now... I'm trying to coax the power onto staying on like it's an old engine. I may start caressing the fusebox.

Holy crap, that's a shark!

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Bear wrote:

Holy crap, that's a shark!

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Fake. A bunch of these pictures have been floating around.

Wind's increased in Niagara. Usually I like to have the balcony open during a rainstorm but the wind is too fierce and cold. I can hear the windows rattling in the next room. Power in the apartment has lightly browned once or twice and I'm running on minimal computers soften the blow when the power eventually goes out. I understand that airports are also refusing flights inbound to Toronto. I've got some friends stuck in Calgary now.

But I got it made compared to the people in the north end of my town on Lake Ontario. I'm at the bottom of the escarpment which basically means I'm 20km inland and uphill of any water events. And of course none of this compares to what I hear people are going through due south.

Stay alert, Stay safe.

Stay safe all!

My thoughts are with all Goodjers who are affected!

Still have power north of DC.

Spent all morning and afternoon finding, buying, and transporting a generator. Then spent another hour looking for a gas can and gas. I felt like I was in some kind of Fallout game.

I just had a thought. I work in Lewiston for the commission responsible for the maintenance of the three international bridges over the Niagara gorge. Any wind in Niagara get's maddeningly amplified thanks to the gorge. I wonder how that'll work out.

TheHipGamer wrote:
Bear wrote:

Holy crap, that's a shark!

IMAGE(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/A6aHVX4CUAAoDdn.jpg:large)

Fake. A bunch of these pictures have been floating around.

Aw man, that's a REALLY good fake. I so wanted that to be real.

lostlobster wrote:

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.

Just saw a CNN report about the reporters reporting Hurricane Sandy; a montage of bad stuff happening to correspondents standing outside. And now, back to the correspondents still standing outside.

MrDeVil909 wrote:

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

Yeah, CNN's pretty terrible.

BREAKING: FDNY responding to report of a 4-story apartment building collapse in Chelsea, Manhattan. #Sandy #NYC

Confirmed by multiple sources

iaintgotnopants wrote:
MrDeVil909 wrote:

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

Yeah, CNN's pretty terrible.

..rimshot..

If you want local coverage of the NY/NNJ area, ABC 7 has live video:
http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/livenow?...

Rallick wrote:

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.

They weren't great even when I was growing up back home. I remember a few times with the fire department we basically had to babysit some downed wires until CL&P finally showed up to take care of the pole. Even after we called in the pole number so they could verify it was theirs and not the phone company's. Granted this was the northwest corner of the state which is fairly rural, but it always seemed like responding to downed wires was low on the priority list. Or they were getting a crew from the other side of the state to respond.

Everything is still good out here in NoVA. A few flickers and heavy rain with high wind and some truly scary gusts. Was a little tough getting home tonight; my Highlander was shimmying all over the road due to the wind. Thankfully most people are smarter than me and either stayed home or went home early so I could shimmy in relative safety.

Stay safe.

Hunkered down in Park Slope, Brooklyn and so far all is well. Work being canceled allowed for a great day at home with my wife and son, though cabin fever did start to set in. Now we'll listen to the wind against our windows and watch the news. No power flickers yet and I'm feeling irrationally confidant. Well stocked just in case.

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Tanglebones wrote:
iaintgotnopants wrote:
MrDeVil909 wrote:

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

Yeah, CNN's pretty terrible.

..rimshot..

If you want local coverage of the NY/NNJ area, ABC 7 has live video:
http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/livenow?...

Thanks so much for that link. National news coverage has been awful.

Bear wrote:

BREAKING: FDNY responding to report of a 4-story apartment building collapse in Chelsea, Manhattan. #Sandy #NYC

Confirmed by multiple sources :(

News showed a photo: the entire front wall of the building collapsed. Building is still standing. News anchor says all residents were evacuated and no injuries reported.

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Aaaaand there went our power. For good, most likely. Fun, fun.

CBC News Alerts [email protected] Flying debris kills woman in Toronto . Woman hit by a sign that came loose in wind: police. #Sandy

I think I'll stay inside.

Yeah if you see a picture with a shark in water or a big wall cloud floating over some shot of a city, they are fake. Popped up for earlier hurricanes this year. And last year. And probably the year before that.

Anyway, CNN reporting Sandy is not a hurricane anymore. Over land, and the eye has broken up. But still, big storm. Snowing in WV and Va.

It's still running 80mph winds. It's not a hurricane because it's hit another incoming storm over land. Now it's an "post-tropical cyclone". Which means "land hurricane".

Winds here are just under 50mph sustained, pretty much all across MD, DC, NoVa and southern Pennsylvania. Tons of rain; we are currently in the heaviest bands of the storm, and have hours more to go.

Lost power just long enough for me to go pull in wood, get a nice fire going, set up candles in the library and settle in to read. I was walking in from letting the dog out, lantern in hand, when the power clicked back on.

Ah, well. (Am I the only person who likes these kinds of things? Not destruction and death, obviously, but as a lifelong Yankee, I get a thrill out of severe weather. Something about the humbling power of nature, combined with hunkering down and riding it out.)

Southeast CT here - fortunately we're not directly on the coast where the real flood damage is. We've heard scary roaring wind and huge cracking trees in the neighborhood all afternoon but incredibly we still have power. Hope I haven't spoken too soon!

Stay safe everyone. Hopefully the storm will weaken quickly and the power will be back soon to those that lost it.

It really does suck that hurricanes are so destructive. It's rare for a hurricane to hit California, but when they do it just delivers some much needed rainfall to my area.

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