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Officials: 'prepare for days of power outages' Atlanta metro area

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posted on Feb, 12 2014 @ 03:51 AM
reply to post by diggindirt

In NW GA it's sleeting. We can hear it inside.

About 2 am my son came in and wanted to know why the sky is red. I looked out, it is reddish purple in the middle of the night. It still is at nearly 5am. Anyone know why that is? It's usually not. I figure it has something to do with ice in the clouds, but I really don't know.

posted on Feb, 12 2014 @ 05:21 AM
reply to post by hadriana

We think it is because of both the ice in the clouds and atmosphere and the way the ground lights from the town is reflecting in it.

Its a good possibility anyway. Stay safe and stay warm!

posted on Feb, 12 2014 @ 05:47 AM
reply to post by OpinionatedB

That is what I think also. Kind of like the light pollution from city's at night. Sleet and
Snow with a glaze of ice on the lines and trees so far. My area has been upped to the 12 inch mark.

so far 9000 people with out power and its just getting started

posted on Feb, 12 2014 @ 05:54 AM
reply to post by snowspirit

Yes they do have a way of hyping things up. I dont think we will be out weeks the state of Georgia has called out for help and it has shown up. A report of 8000 to 9000 out of state power crews were stationed in the Gwannett county area alone.

posted on Feb, 12 2014 @ 06:21 AM

reply to post by SubTruth

Snow is one thing. Ice is totally different. Especially when it's upwards of an INCH of pure ICE.

Agreed, we had a nasty ice storm up in Maine back in December, it was horrible, people in some areas were out if power for a week. My family had no power for days. Snow storms are better, we just snowblow and if we have to go out, we have a truck! Good luck guys, and stay warm. Stock up on charcoal if you have to. We grilled everything the second day without power.

posted on Feb, 12 2014 @ 06:29 AM
They called from the hospital to get me to come in Tuesday and sleep on a cot, 3-5 to a room, so I could be there to work third shift Wednesday and Thursday, 7p-7a.

I decided to stay home and take my chances driving in on Wednesday afternoon. The majority of the storm will be passing through in the late night, early morning Tuesday into Wedensday. The sun will come out Wednesday day, like it did a couple of weeks ago, and even if temps don't go over freezing, ambient heat will melt a lot off. When it hit overnight, my streets were dry.

Nurses get paid time and a half to sleep over, plus, make five times hourly more than I do. I won't be getting the time and a half, nor will I be able to afford 109.00 hotel room to spend the night for up to four nights.

So nope. Taking my chances and driving in. Done fine the past several years. If push comes to shove, they have someone in a four wheel drive that will come out and pick us up. If they cannot make it out to get me, I get an official okay to stay home.

There is no way, with my back issues, that I could sleep on a cot or the floor, 3-5 to a room. I wake up every hour and a half to two hours to rearrange myself, go to the bathroom, take pain meds, or whatever. My co-workers would murder me the first day.

They are comparing this to the icestorm we had in the 70's. If it gets that bad, I know our home was without power for two weeks. Something tells me it isn't going to be that bad. It's also going to be 61 degrees Saturday. Again.

Second gear for the hills, nice topping of crunchy snow, and take it easy.

edit on 12-2-2014 by Libertygal because: (no reason given)

Ahwell, boss just called in a panic, they need me. Want me to come in early, so going in at noon. They will give me a hospital bed, maybe, for two days, but still 2-3 others in the room as well. Ugh. At least I will have a bed and not a cot, and if I make my co-workers nuts because I wake up a lot, too bad. Lol. Will just have to make the best of it.

edit on 12-2-2014 by Libertygal because: (no reason given)

AJC phone alert: 27,000 without power in Atlanta at 8:04 am.

edit on 12-2-2014 by Libertygal because: (no reason given)

posted on Feb, 12 2014 @ 07:38 AM

AJC phone alert: 27,000 without power in Atlanta at 8:04 am.

reply to post by Libertygal

I just heard the same on the local news. I just came from my morning walk and talked to the national guardsmen that are stationed at the fire department. Its a first for the small dot on the map i live in.

my morning walk

posted on Feb, 12 2014 @ 07:54 AM
Woke up to everything encased in ice. Power fluctuating badly. I expect to loose it soon.

Good news is: the freezing rain seems to have changed over to sleet....which doesn't stick to the trees and power lines as bad:

posted on Feb, 12 2014 @ 08:04 AM
I think this is why they get the milk and bread!

posted on Feb, 12 2014 @ 08:04 AM

I understand people do not get this kind of weather and do not understand what to do........... But it really isn't rocket science. We get weather like this every other day up here in Wisconsin and it only causes small problems.

reply to post by soulpowertothendegree

Why insult us Northerners? We know a LOT about it.

You, perhaps on the other hand dont realize we have inches of ice, feets of snow, power outages, frozens streets, pipes, closed businesses, blocked streets and closed freeways with stalled cars and dead batteries. EVERY WINTER.

So, youve attempted at showing some humor. But instead, you showed something else all together.

But then again...I digress. What do YOU know about any of this?

edit on 09-22-2013 by mysterioustranger because: splg

What I was suggesting was this person has no business telling people in the south that hardly ever deal with this kind of weather it is no big deal, now when you Northerners get a Hurricane and start crying about how to deal with 200 mph winds let me know, other wise stick it in your ear.

posted on Feb, 12 2014 @ 08:21 AM
reply to post by hillbilly4rent

I am just here to read member personal accounts, lend any support I can and be here as I truly fear for this tragic event that will undoubtedly be deadly in its aftermath.

God Bless and protect everyone from people, pets, wildlife, livestock, and nature.

posted on Feb, 12 2014 @ 08:29 AM
reply to post by antar

All is appreciated antar and thank you.

posted on Feb, 12 2014 @ 08:31 AM
reply to post by eriktheawful

Thats not good hope the winds dont kick up to much. Thier are reports of gust to 33 mph. Stay safe.

posted on Feb, 12 2014 @ 08:35 AM
Ok have read the whole thread now, its a bit disappointing. THIS IS SO SERIOUS.

I am glad to hear about members who are prepared, but the most important thing right now is to make sure your neighbors who are in wheelchairs, are elderly, have small children and the vulnerable who need to be checked on and prepared for this who are of great concern.

People rely on power, and you can help save lives with just a little compassion and awareness.

Set your freezer outside or place frozen goods in Tupperware and the like on your front porch if you lose the power. Pre-cook meals, but the most important thing is WATER.

Fill up your bath tub, fill every vessel, pot pan, glass, jug and bottle.

posted on Feb, 12 2014 @ 08:40 AM
If you have grocery sacks, you can place those in your toilet for bowel movements if you no longer have water to flush. The bags can then be placed in larger trash bags with the paper, twisted off and set outside in a trash can until this is over.

Keep plenty of handwashing liquid handy.

posted on Feb, 12 2014 @ 08:41 AM
GA Power 65,000+ without power.

Fill tubs and all pots and pitchers with water just in case.

It's going to be a long day.

edit on 2/12/2014 by ~Lucidity because: (no reason given)

posted on Feb, 12 2014 @ 08:41 AM
collect the ice off the lawn and put it in your freezer

if you didn't have water jugs in there in the first place...just in case

and if the roads are icy or the visibility is really bad...just stay off them if possible
also watch for falling ice...
edit on 12-2-2014 by Danbones because: (no reason given)

posted on Feb, 12 2014 @ 08:46 AM
Ahead of something of this magnitude we always place blankets over all windows and doors too, it does help.

posted on Feb, 12 2014 @ 08:49 AM
The power companies will shut off the power when trees start to fall, this saves lives from down powerlines. They will never admit it but this is true.

posted on Feb, 12 2014 @ 08:53 AM
Make sure all your dishes are washed now. Designate a drinking glass for each person. Keep counters clean and floors swept ahead of the possible outage. I cant stress cleanliness in this type of event.

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