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Old 12-01-2006, 01:14 PM   #15
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Thanks, Jack, for that article. It has lots of info about the region around us that we hadn't gotten on tv or radio. Do you have power? Stay safe! ~G
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Old 12-01-2006, 01:42 PM   #16
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Well, perhaps some of it will come our way! Hope everyone in the Mid-States are doing OK. Right now it is 62 here in CT with rain and thunderstorms later this evening. We are having our New England Unit WBCCI party this Sunday and it looks like the weather may hit us Sunday afternoon. They are being pretty quite about it right now. We have to drive 3 hours to get to the party and then of course back home. If it starts to snow maybe both Sandi and I will be designated drivers. I want to be a weatherman, what other job allows you to be right only 50% of the time and never have to worry about lossing your job?

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Old 12-01-2006, 04:35 PM   #17
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No pictures from me but here is a link to our local paper. Apparenty we are now up to 518,000 out of power. http://www.stltoday.com/

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Gosh, with our measly 125,000 without power earlier this week we are starting to feel like underachievers. Good luck to you guys and stay warm....

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Old 12-01-2006, 04:44 PM   #18
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Thanks, Jack, for that article. It has lots of info about the region around us that we hadn't gotten on tv or radio. Do you have power? Stay safe! ~G
Yep so far so good on power for me. A lot of that is due to building codes over the last 30 years which have forced utilities to go underground. We still are susceptible since main feeders to the subdivisions are above ground. From what I understand there are a lot of those feeders down at this time.

Apparently they have made a little progress. The outage numbers at this point are 499,495. This is going to take a long time to get things restored. I know our utility has a mutual aid pact with other companies but this storm was all over the state so who knows how many crews from other companies are available. From the summer storm the work crew with mutual aid was doubled, and it still took 2 weeks to get everyone back online. The problem is most utilities don't have the numbers of personnel as they did in the past. Things are run on the lean side and when a big storm passes through, staff is woefully short. I just don't remember storms in the past taking this much time to recover from.

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Old 12-01-2006, 04:54 PM   #19
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The storm is on its way toward Richmond as we speak...
Its 70 now with a low of 35 in just 12 hours...
No snow here but, man oh man is it rainin!
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Old 12-01-2006, 05:12 PM   #20
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The wind here in Chattanooga this early AM was terrific. I heard some areas got gusts up to 65 mph. I'm headed to Holly Springs, MS near Memphis this afternoon and I'm not looking forward to the deep freeze plunge that is sweeping over us. Everyone bundle up out there.

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Old 12-01-2006, 05:39 PM   #21
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"No snow here but, man oh man is it rainin!"
Better watch out! That's the way all our weather mess began! Rain all one day. Sleet all day the next. Thunder blizzard all night. . .and what did we get? Winter wonderland and a whole lot of shovel/plowing! Don't say we midwesterners didn't warn you! ~G
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Old 12-02-2006, 12:37 AM   #22
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How 'bout that . . . . Well beck, I guess I'm 30 minutes up the road from you now. Here for a Search & Rescue meeting, no Airstream (would prefer it over the motel), and it's 22 degrees F. At least I have WiFi.

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From the summer storm the work crew with mutual aid was doubled, and it still took 2 weeks to get everyone back online. The problem is most utilities don't have the numbers of personnel as they did in the past. Things are run on the lean side and when a big storm passes through, staff is woefully short. I just don't remember storms in the past taking this much time to recover from.
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if you think it is frustrating waiting for the lights to come back on, being at work (yes i am a lineman) waiting for poles and wire to arrive is worse yet. it is hard to explain to customers who have been without power for days that we have no more poles!

this is because in addition to low staffing levels, our rocket scientist managers don't like to have any inventory on hand for emergencies.

in our case we only keep 20 to 30 poles on hand at any time in our yard, just enough to keep up with daily construction demand. all of our poles are shipped from dubuque. if a big storm hits iowa first, they get the poles and we don't!

so, buy a generator and get it installed with the proper transfer switch.

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How 'bout that . . . . Well beck, I guess I'm 30 minutes up the road from you now. Here for a Search & Rescue meeting, no Airstream (would prefer it over the motel), and it's 22 degrees F. At least I have WiFi.

Its a small world!

Should have brought your Airstream there is the besttttt campground there in Holly Springs if you get a chance check it out Wall Doxy State Park on hwy 7. We camp there alot it's our weekend hang out.
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