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Old 12-11-2007, 04:40 PM   #1
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Here are pictures of what has happened in Oklahoma the last three days. Got power back this PM. Have been using a 5500 watt generator to run the house frig. and heaters and to charge the trailer. Moved to the AS last night with my three older cats. So far I can't get but one back in the house. Two of them are camped out behind the sofa. I'm leaving the heat on for them. I can't tell how much propane is left because I can't move the tree limbs.
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Old 12-11-2007, 04:59 PM   #2
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Wow! Did the tree parts fall on the trailers?
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Old 12-11-2007, 05:06 PM   #3
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Well, no long drops that were direct hits that I can tell so far. Lots of noise and ice shattering. Sounded like explosions all night for miles around. I know the Argosy is scratched up, I suppose the AS is too, but so far only a leak in the front vent on the AS and the ice around the Argosy door may be seeping in to the trailer at the doorway. I can't tell if the floor was wet because I had it open looking for all the flashlights or if it's leaking. Never has leaked before, but then he's never gone thru anything like this before.
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Old 12-11-2007, 06:30 PM   #4
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Sorry if this question seems out of place, but from the pictures it seems reasonable: is there a reason for leaving the AS and Argosy under the tree?
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Old 12-11-2007, 06:33 PM   #5
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Oh, Juel, that's what it looks like around here too, but to have it all around your trailers...that's triple terrible! I hate to think of the clean up you'll have just to get to the Airstream and Argosy. Do you have power back yet? Some places around here have been out since Thursday night. We got along for the 18 hours with our propane Jotul stove, but I'm grateful we aren't like those who are still waiting for light and heat. Our linemen are our heroes through this frightful mess. Let's hope this moves on, or better yet, dries up as it moves on beyond us . Keep us posted about the damage or safety of your "babies." ~G
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Old 12-11-2007, 07:19 PM   #6
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We're not suffering at all compared to those good folks in OK and surrounding areas...it's just been raining here and isn't even freezing...but we did lose power last night for about 2 1/2 hours... Still don't know what caused it but it affected about 45,000 people in Tucson. We decided to move our evening out to the Bambi if the electricity didn't come on...we cranked up the furnace and even connected the cable...which we learned works even if the power is out if you have a way to access it without electricity...as in using teh onverter in the Bambi. Good to know in the future if the electricity were to ever go out for a longer time. I hope those of you in the midwest in the middle of the ice and storms are safe...

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Old 12-11-2007, 07:24 PM   #7
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How terrible

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I wish you the best. Hope you, the cats and your babies come out of this unscathed.

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Old 12-11-2007, 07:28 PM   #8
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Got the cats all in the house. One older one wouldn't come out so I opened the tambour door under the front couch and slid out the plastic tray, and there he was. Now to answer your question about parking the trailers under the trees. Those were the smallest trees on the place and that spot is the only open space where the ground will let you park anything. Yes, we considered that open space and it will certainly be more open now. If you look at my avatar you can see that it looks like a great place to park. I now have my truck parked out away from the ice on the roof and as far away from any trees as I can get it. This is kind of bottom land and with all the sleet, ice and rain we've had, there is nowhere else to park a trailer. Guess we don't have to worry about this spot from now on.
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Old 12-11-2007, 07:37 PM   #9
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Juel, glad you and the kitties got out ok. Hope there is not too much damage. Mother Nature can be a real B#%&* at tmes.
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Old 12-11-2007, 07:58 PM   #10
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Juel, I pray you don't suffer serious damage. Those photos are unreal! Wishing the best for you folks and all your pets.
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Old 12-11-2007, 08:07 PM   #11
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If it wasn't for the possible damage the pictures would be beautiful. Hope everything works out.
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Old 12-11-2007, 08:24 PM   #12
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Unhappy We feel your pain...

Just got our power back on here. Out since 6:30 this morning. Our neighbors to the north have it way worse than us. All of St. Joseph is pretty much in the dark, and one community to the northwest had TWO INCHES OF ICE!!

Our home is surrounded by cedar trees and we heard them crack from the ice build up all morning. Around noon, many limbs came crashing down. We have two on the house, but have been unable to determine if there is much damage as it is too dangerous to climb up there. Being country folk and being used to this over the years we are well prepared with light, stored water, radios,and a wood stove. I spent the day wrapping Christmas presents and knitting. Hubby got caught up on a few "domestic chores" and created very good milkshakes out of the melting ice cream!

But like maxandgeorgia, we love our rural electric linemen!!!
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Old 12-12-2007, 10:10 AM   #13
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I sat it out in my Trade Wind

I'm full timing of course, but it was nice and toasty inside as the ice came down. It was also good to know that I was the power company and there was no way that down power lines would affect me. It looks like you got much heavier ice than we did down here in Lawton though, Juel. BTW I will be passing by that way this weekend on the way east, make sure and wave .
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Old 12-12-2007, 10:43 AM   #14
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Wow Juel! Hope all is well once you get thawed out....I think I'd like to keep our form of frozen precip! We've had about 10+ inches of snow since Friday. Sunny today though...hang in there ~

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