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Friday, December 12, 2008

Itty Bitty Weather Malfunction

You might have heard that Massachusetts and the rest of the east coast had a bit of weather in the last day or so. Today was our turn. It started sometime last night. We got rain, and then there was the ice. Lots and lots of ice. Ice that turned branches into missles. Ice that bent trees over as if in prayer. Ice that coated roads, trees, power lines, and homes. Black ice. Thick ice. Cold ice. Dangerous ice.

The Governor called a State of Emergency sometime this morning after half of the state turned into an ice cube. Trees fell hither and yon. Overhead electrical wires were downed all over the western and central part of the state. People stuck in their houses without electricity were using their crackberries to find out what's happening outside their homes. 300,000 people are without power in the central part of the state.

Photo by Kelly

We got creamed with rain. Lots and lots of rain. Streets are flooded, the library is once again under water, neighbors are cursing passing over that amphibious vehicle for sale last summer, and my children flat out refused to go to school until the rain let up.

Of course we had school. We never cancel school in our fair city because any added days to the school year are widely ignored by parents who have paid for and will be sending young Jessie and Julia to summer camp.

Shelters have been set up for those whose homes have been damaged or are without heat and power. Hopefully they will take in pets, but usually they do not. Poor pups and kitties are stuck at home with no heat. I hate that.

We have power, we have heat (yea gas company!), we have food, and we don't smoke cigarettes, so we're basically good to go for the long haul. We also have a huge pond in our back yard where once there was grass, and if I were inclined to leave the house, which I'm not, I would find that the road to my gym is flooded. But really, why go out when we have a working tv and heat?

The sad thing about all this is how pretty it is.

Such damage and distruction and I'm thinking, oooooooh, look at all the shiny ice. In the meantime, people will be without power through the weekend, it will take weeks to clean up all the damage, and by then we're in for at least another nor'easter. Yes, this wasn't snow, but it sure caused more damage.

Power company employees are such heros.

photos via boston.com

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Blogger bethany actually said...

Oh my goodness! I am glad to hear that you guys have heat, but I am wincing in sympathy with everyone without power and heat. I've been there, and it's not fun! I hope all the power is restored soon. Meanwhile, enjoy the pretty ice and stay safe! :-)

12/12/08 2:06 PM  
Blogger BSumner said...

We have power in Clinton but ONLY our neighborhood has power.. (YAY for new construction and underground power cables!) The rest of the town is without power/heat right now.

12/12/08 2:40 PM  
Blogger margalit said...

I heard on the news the Hudson was the worst hit, and nobody has power there. And yes, underground cables rock. I have no clue as to why they haven't yet buried the cables around this state, but then again, they haven't gotten around to road signs either!

12/12/08 2:43 PM  
Blogger kelly said...

We are one of the unfortunates without power.

It's going to be a loooooooong, cold weekend. :-(

12/12/08 3:01 PM  
Blogger Daisy said...

The paradigm of this destructive beauty... the sheets of ice on the trees are amazing. I'm glad you're still heated and safe.

12/12/08 9:08 PM  
Blogger Kmommy said...

Wickedly beautiful. Glad to hear you still have power :)

13/12/08 1:51 PM  

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