reply to post by zarp3333
I agree with you. We had a repairman outside fixing something unrelated so my husband was tracking the weather on his phone app to make sure the
repairman got done and out on time. He watched this storm move in and said he never saw anything like it. My husband makes fun of me being on this
site and isn't one to use hyperbole so when he says he never saw anything like this, he means it.
I was upstairs in my daughter's bedroom changing bed linens and putting away laundry. Out of nowhere this wind roared in and the windows bowed a bit.
I heard a crack which was a huge tree out back breaking. I dropped everything and we all ran to the basement with our pets. We lost part of our roof
where the vents were mangled.
The next day it took all danged day to get to our elderly parents. My parents in the high crime section got their power back first, and I think that
was deliberate so as to not get any rioting because their part of town was hardest to get through. Their county police force was the worst at setting
up traffic diversions and their population was the most me-first kind that didn't observe the four way stop rules at downed intersections. But once
you actually made it into the neighborhoods the neighbors there were helping each other out. My dad and his neighbor were sharing a generator so my
mom and the neighbor's wife could survive. The two ladies both have health problems and we were going to just bring everybody with us. Their power
came back on just as we were helping them get ready to come back with us. They decided to stay since my house was already going to be crowded with my
husband's family...who are indeed here with me now.
We had no land line service or cell service, which is why we had to hit the road all day to check on everyone. We are among the few neighborhoods in
my whole county that got power back yesterday. We still don't have cell service.
911 was down yesterday. Most gas stations were out. Barely any stores were open and those that were, were dark and had stripped down inventory. We
were on water restrictions. I had my "ATS paranoid nut" supplies so we were good but my husband still wanted to see if he could get meat and fruit for
dinner so that's how he found out the condition of the stores.
For people making fun of us, my mom and her neighbors came from third world living conditions in harsh weather. They ain't spoiled in the least. That
still doesn't make it any less dangerous for them to live their fragile elder years through this kind of heat in an environment and infrastructure
that revolves around electricity to function. Leave the derision and have some compassion. A lot of the older houses in the poor neighborhoods like
theirs are brick and turn into ovens without a/c. In their old life, houses had windows positioned to catch breezes. Their current neighborhood, which
I lived in until my 30's, is too dangerous to leave windows open all the time anyway.
When folks are going through hard times no matter what their location, I wish them well and pray for them. I don't sit back in the comfort of
whatever I consider ordinary and make fun of people shaken out of their routine. if you can live through worse as part of your daily routine, be
grateful and have compassion because in the new reality, you will be the advantaged and we will likely be the ones in trouble and not survive.
I've been trying to grow veggies to be more self sufficient but deer and rabbits and bugs and some kind of fungal blight is killing my amateur
I second Zarp's observation that what we saw was unprecedented. Except I saw my first ball lightning last year. It looks like sci fi special effects.
When I saw that I knew things were going to be different from then on.
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