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Posted: 07 November 2012 07:44 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 106 ]
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mad This is enough already. Now it’s snowing?! It’s freezing here and I worry for the people I know are out there hunkering down in what’s left of their homes. I just talked to a family friend who only got their phone and power back today. Mother nature is really sticking it to us big time. It’s a mess in NJ.

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Posted: 08 November 2012 09:05 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 107 ]
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the sky was pooping snow

wahh, my home area lost power again last night.  no power no shower this morning

buses are running, so at least i made it to work, my phone needed charging.

who needs a shower, naked snow angels - that should be refreshing, lol.

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Posted: 08 November 2012 09:06 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 108 ]
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Yeah,four inches of wet, sticky, heavy, nasty snow here on the south shore of LI… 5+ in the center and 6+ on the north shore… At least the winds died down quicker than expected.
I feel bad for every with damage to their homes… our house took no apparent damage, but my property has a few downed trees on it and is dangerously littered with fallen limbs (tree… no human limbs… really)... slightly worse than last year, and it took me (by myself) about a month to cut up the trees and remove all the debris. I don’t even want to look at all this now so wet, tangled and compacted.
Wet snow makes cleaning/removing and repairing storm damage 10X worse… I can’t imaging how someone with no power/no tools/no help and a big tree laying on the house is dealing with this.
The other really sad outcome of this is that by next spring all the tree cutting services will be scaring people into removing ALL the trees on their properties… in many cases this actually makes matters worse by removing natural wind breaks and causes more widespread damage.

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Posted: 08 November 2012 09:10 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 109 ]
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Sorry to hear that Misty… but… um… NAKED snow angels…. Brrrrr!
I made a full clothed snow devil this morning, when I slipped on a buried tarp… it wasn’t a lot of fun.

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Posted: 08 November 2012 09:14 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 110 ]
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snow devil!  what a fantastic concept!  can’t wait for electricity to power up my poser compy.

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Posted: 08 November 2012 10:33 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 111 ]
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here’s the LIPA outages page.  but it doesn’t let you drill down.

http://www.lipainfo.com/public/townoutages.cfm


oh noes!  i’m watching the Huntington numbers.  outages went from 15,262 to 15,435.

the number is supposed to go down, not up. 
this means houses are losing power faster than they can restore them.

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Posted: 08 November 2012 09:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 112 ]
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Sounds like the problem is getting worse, Misty.  I hope it’s better tomorrow.

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Posted: 09 November 2012 01:42 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 113 ]
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Yes we got about 2 or so inches here in the city limits as well.  I went out after it stopped to walk 1 block to the supermarket, and slush was definitely the way to describe it.  Pulling the shopping cart the 1 black to the store wasn’t bad, pushing it back to the house wasn’t so easy.  confused

Yesterday the sidewalks and streets were pretty clear, but it was still cold enough to warrant watching where you walked, as it was still icy in spots.  It’s warmed up some today, so that should all be melted now.

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Posted: 09 November 2012 02:38 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 114 ]
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I just watched a press conference where a bunch of local officials where talking about having the military come in and oversee LIPA (in case you don’t know, LIPA is the Long Island Power Authority). The problem has been taking far too long to fix and there are still too many residents without heat or power, so the request is now being made for the federal government to send in the army corp of engineers as well as other agencies that may be able to assist. The problem here was that despite being warned by New York State after last years hurricane and as far back as 2006, LIPA continued to ignore the warning and neglected the most basic maintenance like tree trimming and replacing rotting utility poles (they actually suspended the program in 2006).
If you are interested, here is a article from Newsday:
http://www.newsday.com/long-island/why-lipa-failed-utility-ignored-warnings-it-wasn-t-ready-for-major-storm-1.4203976

I know many of you may not be affected by this and may think it a bit preachy that I complain about stuff sometimes, but I have found that if one sits by idly and says nothing, most people just continue- business as usual.
I say this because many other areas of this country (and others) may be in similar situations… find out where your community stands and what your options are in a similar situation. Never simply except “we have it covered” as an answer, with first asking “HOW?”.
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Posted: 09 November 2012 05:51 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 115 ]
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I say this because many other areas of this country (and others) may be in similar situations… find out where your community stands and what your options are in a similar situation. Never simply except “we have it covered” as an answer, with first asking “HOW?”.
Good day.

There are still somewhere between 30,000 and 45,000 people in my and 5 surrounding counties, here in WV, without power.  It didn’t take that long back in June/early July to return power to everyone.  And while we didn’t have the wind and flooding (though some area of WV did get the heavy rains/flooding) we got 18” to 48”++ of heavy, wet snow from this…so LI isn’t the only place still reeling from this storm.

I had 24” of snow and almost 5 days without power…or a functioning furnace or well pump.  We saved the well for drinking water and hauled water from the spring fed cattle tank for everything else.  High temps during that time rarely made it past 45, with lows in the low 30s.

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Posted: 09 November 2012 06:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 116 ]
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No, I agree. My point is that in this case probably more that 70% of the damage that occurred to the (LI) system here was avoidable. I am currently reading through a NYS report on LIPA’s response to Irene (hurricane)... its an appalling assessment of mismanagement and poor planning. This is not all that different from some of the stories of poor management and planning that came out of New Orleans after Katrina… Basically what I’m saying is the rate payers and politicians let this happen by not questioning the utility’s policies and planning, and by not demanding clear explanations of what emergency plans were in place… this can happen to others if they don’t stay on top of what is happening in their communities. It’s boring to sometimes read through reports and sometimes you may feel a bit uncomfortable standing up at a town meeting and asking questions to which people often reply “we are looking into that”... but sometimes speaking out about it gets it in more people’s heads and then when enough people ask “yeah, so what ARE you doing about this”... then, maybe stuff starts getting done.
I feel too often these days we all just assume there is a plan in place and the other guy is doing his job…. too often that’s not the case.

I’m very sorry you guys in WV are going through some bad times and I hope you all get your power restored soon. Good luck.

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Posted: 09 November 2012 08:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 117 ]
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I’ve had mine back for almost a week…but I’m getting almost daily outages ranging anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours…they are still working on the lines and ‘fixing’ temporary ‘fixes’ and such.

I’ve got 135 acres and this past summer is the first time in 15 yrs the power company trimmed the right-of-way on the property, so you are actually one up on us, if it’s only been ten.  What was really ironic…the two weeks leading up to the storm saw a bunch of new utility poles installed…but nothing had been transferred on to them…if it had, several of the breaks would have been avoided.

One advantage around here…most of the time the amount of ‘red tape’ to get something done is an order of magnitude lower than in some place like LI.

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Posted: 15 November 2012 12:50 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 118 ]
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...just to show how big of an effect Sandy had, this is a vid taken at McKinley Park in Milwaukee WI of high waves stirred up on Lake Michigan by the “superstorm” nearly 1,000 miles away.

Superstorm Sandy - Lake Michigan Waves

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Posted: 01 December 2012 08:10 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 119 ]
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omg, this is depressing.  from what i understand, Disney built a replica of the HMS Bounty for a movie in the 60’s.

the replica sank
http://weather.yahoo.com/photos/hms-bounty-slideshow/

This photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard shows the HMS Bounty, a 180-foot sailboat, submerged in the Atlantic Ocean during Hurricane Sandy approximately 90 miles southeast of Hatteras, N.C., Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. The Coast Guard rescued 14 of the 16 crew members by helicopter. Hours later, rescuers found one of the missing crew members, but she was unresponsive. They are still searching for the captain. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, Petty Officer 2nd Class Tim Kuklewski)


http://news.yahoo.com/police-bodies-2-missing-nyc-boys-found-185843901.html

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Posted: 01 December 2012 11:27 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 120 ]
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I found this entry on Wikipedia:

“The Captain was unfortunately not found and presumed deceased November 2nd 2012.  It was later reported that the Coast Guard had recovered one of the missing crew members, Claudene Christian, who was apparently the great-great-great-great-great granddaughter of Fletcher Christian, the sailing master of the original HMS Bounty. Ms. Christian was found to be unresponsive and pronounced dead at Albemarle Hospital in Elizabeth City, NC.”

The part about the young lady being related to Fletcher Christian is pretty eerie.

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