Cattle Egret, Bulbucus ibis

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Winter Storm

I'd started hearing about power outages downstate fairly early yesterday. Just after lunchtime I could hear thunder coming, it sounded like it was near Palatka. Not long after that the wind started screaming, and it felt like we'd been hit by the shockwave from a big explosion. The power shut off, instantly.
Yesterday was one of my days to pick number one grandson up at SAHS, at 4:30. I left here at about 3:00, got a hundred yards down the road, FPL trucks and fire trucks all over it. One of the power poles had snapped like a toothpick, hot wires on the road, I wasn't going anywhere fast.
FPL had the road opened in no time, I took off for the high school, but here came the grandson walking down the road. The after school activities were cancelled and he managed to catch the bus.
The power was on by about 9:00 PM, I woke up about 4:AM, I had power and a phone, but no internet connection, my modem was cooked.
The FPL linemen had a long day yesterday, but darned if they don't do some fine work.

6 comments:

paradise said...

This is probably just the beginning of the storms.

March is coming! And it's always a surprise!

tsiya said...

I don't know how fast the first gust of wind was, but it was moving out pretty good. The pole that broke was lined up with a clearing, it got the full force of the wind. The scrub around my land absorbs a lot of it, one of the reasons I never cleared more.

paradise said...

Our interior was already cleared before we purchased but a with a very wide border of hardwood saplings in the front.

FP required us to cut a 20' swath through them for the power lines.
I was very upset. I wanted underground lines but it was not available/not doable according to them.
Now every one is getting it!

But we're quickly filling in the space with edible landscaping.

Make lemonade out of lemons when all possible!

tsiya said...

I have to go out with the shotgun and trim the branches back every so often, but I've got a pretty good buffer, except from the north.

paradise said...

LOL, very creative solution!

tsiya said...

Shotgun shells get stale if you leave them sit around too long.

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