Thursday, January 27, 2011
Wow, what a couple of days! We had a bad snow storm yesterday. Thundersleet with large hail and heavy sleet and then thundersnows with it snowing 1-3 inches per hour for a few hours. Cars stranded all over, co-workers and friends that spent over 8+ hours getting home. 350,000 people without power, us one of them.
Fortunately I wasn't one of the ones stranded. I was sick so I left work well before it started and well before the Federal Government closed 2 hours early and everyone was out on the roads. I got home just as it had started with the thundersleeting along with large HAIL. What an odd combination!! I've never seen anything like it in my life! My kids weren't so lucky and spent A LOT longer time than usual getting home, but all were safe and sound.
Our power went out about 7pm. We are all electric, so no way to cook anything or even heat water for some tea for my cold. Couldn't exactly drive anywhere in the middle of the terrible weather either. I just got under the covers and went to sleep, but all my staff kept calling trying to find out about work today and talking about still not being home. I wanted to keep them company while out there on those crazy roads, so I kept talking and texting, forgetting that I couldn't charge my battery. Went outside to start the car and charge it in there to find this:
Nothing I could do about it, so I got in, charged the phone and then went to bed. Got up this morning still with no power and still sick. Didn't feel like shoveling out or trying to get the tree branches off the car, so I didn't until later.
Our power came back on 3 different times, for just minutes each time and then finally tonight came back on at 9:30 or 9:45 and has been on since.
I was able to walk to one of Meghan's friends house and heat myself something to eat, so that was good.
Happy I was safe and sound...just cold!
I hope everyone else in this area is warm and safe at home tonight too. Seems we're getting a clipper through in the morning. Not much at all, but on top of this and the way people drive here, even an inch is a nightmare!