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Posted - 07/05/2012 :  7:03:08 PM  Show Profile Send eldergirl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi everybody, I am baaaaack, after 4 whole days without power, and with temperatures between 95-102. It was a seige, I got absolutely nothing accomplished, but found I was able to sleep even though my room was 88.5 degrees hot!

There are still folks without power, and it will get hotter before it gets cooler. Very tough on many folks, and we are all thankful for the repair guys who just keep at it, block by block, and some of them have come from other states, to help.

And can I just tell you, too, that the storm itself was just awesome. Such storms have a name: a "derecho" intense, long-lived storm with high winds that blow horizintally as in a hurricane. I watched the heart of the storm from my front door, protected by our porch. The lightning/thunder was immediate, no pause between them, I saw a bolt hit a quarter of a mile away. I knew we were in for a real event. I was awestruck, and am glad it is over.

It has been almost a week, and I still don't feel out of the event. Too many people still in trouble.

I hope folks in Colorado are safe, and in other trouble spots.

Best wishes,


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Posted - 07/06/2012 :  04:43:29 AM  Show Profile Send jtamsn a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Glad you have had power restored! I hope your home didnt suffer any damage. I know there are many KR friends in that area and I hope they are doing ok. From the pictures on the news, there is still much damage to be taken care of. I, like you, hope the folks in Colorado are safe.

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Posted - 07/06/2012 :  06:59:36 AM  Show Profile Send Grand-moogi a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Gees we did not even hear about it here! Hope you are all OK. Freaky!!

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Posted - 07/06/2012 :  08:54:29 AM  Show Profile Send ClimberKnits a Private Message  Reply with Quote
We were without power for about 21 hours here in central Ohio. Many homes were out for much longer, or not at all. Go figure. I think it just depended on the placement of trees in your area, and how many blew over. Out here in the country we have a well for water and with no power we can not pump water. No showers, no drinking water, no flushing. We were bucketing water out of the hottub to flush. The restaraunts in town were swamped with people who couldn't cook and didn't want to open their refrigerators or freezers so they would stay as cold as possible for as long as possible. Lowe's and Home Depot had a run on portable generators. In one case the family left their generator run inside the garage and burned their house down. Many, many stories.
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Posted - 07/06/2012 :  3:33:19 PM  Show Profile Send anderknit a Private Message  Reply with Quote
We were without power for about 30 hours. We also lost Verizon phone service (land and cell) for about 48 hours. I have to say, I kind of enjoyed being unplugged, until the inside of the house climbed toward 90 degrees, that is. And we did have hot water and could use the (gas) stove, so we weren't completely out of it. It wasn't so much fun having to throw out a lot of food, though. But we were better off than some of my neighbors, who were without power for 5 days. Ugh. (Reporting from Northern Virginia)

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.' "
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Posted - 07/08/2012 :  4:22:48 PM  Show Profile Send dschmidt a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Fortunately our son had power so we relocated to their place until late Monday. We are among the fortunate who got their power back pretty quickly but we had to throw out food and restock. Some still don't have their power.

Donna in VA

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