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friday nights storm was bad.  Recorded gusts of 75 mph or more in several areas.  Unfortunately there are at least 2 recorded fatalities.  Luckily all I lost was my landline phone.   Hope all dc area kossacks are okay.  Please chime in the comments to let us know you are okay.

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  •  fscking hot today too. (5+ / 0-)

    Take care.

  •  I am okay in PG County, MD (3+ / 0-)
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    coquiero, SNFinVA, defluxion10

    but without power at home so I'm hanging out at work.  I left my sliding glass door open to just the screen so the pooties can get some air.  Hopefully I won't be robbed....

  •  just talked to mom a bit ago (4+ / 0-)

    the brother has no power or anything.

    mom & dad have power, but no internet and the air conditioning only works on one level of the house.  LOL

    my sisters are fine.

    Die with your boots on. If you're gonna try, well stick around. Gonna cry? Just move along. The truth of all predictions is always in your hands. - Iron Maiden

    by Cedwyn on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 10:54:49 AM PDT

  •  Ok here (3+ / 0-)
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    In Richmond VA. The storm hit us here too, 100k+ w/o power in the metro area, 102F today.

    We had a wall of wind hit us last night...speeds up to 80mph, really spectacular lighting storm, but not much rain (my rain gauge had hardly anything in it afterwards). We stood out on the front porch for a while to watch it.

    It was a very intense weather system. I had never seen anything quite like it.

    "No one earns $100 million. You steal $100 million." --Fran Lebowitz

    by SNFinVA on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 11:11:19 AM PDT

  •  Couple of links... (2+ / 0-)
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    ...from the Washington Post.  

    The Breaking News Blog has links to utility company maps showing where the outages are.

    The heat wave and hot weather guide has info on dealing with high temperatures, and links to lists of cooling centers in the region (some of the links, unfortunately, seem to be down at this time.)

  •  Lucky to have power in PG County, MD, (2+ / 0-)
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    as PG county had over 400 000 without a couple of hours ago. They come back in the increments of 15000. Comcast back since a couple of minutes. Confirmed death in the Metropolitan area 9. The power outages will take lots of time to restore (estimated up to a week). We also have water restrictions, as well as in Baltimore, as the pumps of our water provider didn't fundtion, because the power was out.

    It is said to last two more days with a little less heat, ie not 105 and over heat index, just a meakly 98 to 102 and not that dangerously stormy thunderstorms.

    I am meditating about last winters snow storms, where I spent 13 hours stuck on the streets. Hmm, doesn't work too well, but what else is there to do?

  •  The storm, forecast for 8:30 or so, didn't arrive (2+ / 0-)
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    in Gaithersburg until 10:30 or so. As I gratefully climbed into bed, the first lightning flash showed outside. I smiled, since I like a good thunderstorm. A minute or so later, the power went out, came back, and went out again, and was still not on when I got up at 7:15 this morning. I stopped smiling at some point in the humid, sweaty night and still ain't smiling now. In at work, not only because I have too much to do, but because the power's on here. A/C!

  •  Sadly I fear that with the Heat&Humidity (0+ / 0-)

    and the several days to get Electricity and Water back on to everyone that the Death toll from the Heat will be high.

    •  emergency cooling measure: feet in cool water. (2+ / 0-)
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      Find a container large enough to accommodate at least one of your feet, preferably both.  Add enough cold water from the tap to cover your foot or feet.  Sit still in a chair with one or both feet in the water.  Your feet are like little radiators, with lots of blood circulation, so the cool water will cool you down pretty quickly.  

      When the water warms up, save it in another bucket, for use flushing the toilet (no need to waste it).  

      If you are using bagged ice to keep your food cold during a power outage, the cold water from ice melt is also excellent for emergency foot cooling.  

      "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

      by G2geek on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 06:00:33 PM PDT

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      •  Don't forget the neck... (1+ / 0-)
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        You can't always immerse your neck, but draping cool damp towels around your neck can help a lot.  The percentage of blood flow that travels through your neck is huge -- which makes sense, being that keeping the brain supplied with oxygen is pretty high up on the priority list.

  •  Just talked to a Howard County librarian (1+ / 0-)
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    at the Central library in Columbia (MD) and they are planning to open at 9AM tomorrow for people who want to keep cool. They won't have library services available until the usual opening time of 1PM, but there will be AC, electrical outlets, and wireless internet available. Which is nice of them, since it seems like half the county is without electric.

    Of course, if we get another round of similar storms tonight, they may be as powerless as their Ellicott City branch.

    No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible. -- Voltaire

    by Hastur on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 01:21:31 PM PDT

  •  My DC area storm tale (1+ / 0-)
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    So I was at a prenatal visit in XXXXXXX and left to go home. I stopped for gas and noted it was considerably cooler than weather reports (thanks for the heads up on the MAJOR STORM COMING, NOT!) had said. While pumping the wind whipped up and trees began to look like spaghetti noodles. Started to head home when hail came, branches flying all around me. Saw a tree go down two cars ahead of me, turned around and called a friend who lived nearby to pit stop at her house. Driving to her house I had to backtrack three times because roads had trees across them. Had a power line hit the top of my car as I drove. Was dragging several branches under my car but too scared to stop and try to remove them. Praying OUT LOUD for protection and a safe path. Made it to her house. A very large branch had just broken through the wall of her dining room and skylights. She had bloody legs from flying glass, water pouring in the house. We all slept in the basement without power and I just got home this morning. I have cancelled DD4's late afternoon birthday party since more storms are predicted during that time period. Stay safe folks. I never want to relive that kind of night again!  And "they" say climate change does not how come we are having Kansas style storms in the Mid-Atlantic?

    •  very smart to not get out of the car... (1+ / 0-)
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      .... when dragging branches under it or when that power line dropped onto it.  

      Downed power lines are lethal as hell even if you can't see any sparks.  The ground around them is charged for an unknown and variable radius around the point of contact, and the "potential difference" between any two points can be lethal to people walking on that ground: even with shoes on.  

      If you find yourself in a vehicle with a power line on it, stay in the vehicle, hoot your horn in the "SOS" pattern (three short beeps, three long beeps, three short beeps, pause, repeat every 15 seconds).  If the vehicle is unsafe (if you smell smoke), exit by jumping clear so you are not touching the vehicle and ground at the same time.  Move away by either hopping (both feet at once, short hops) or by shuffling (both feet on the ground at all times, very short shuffles of half the length of your feet).  

      If you are on the ground and there is a downed power line visible, move by hopping or shuffling per above.

      This information from people in the power industry.

      "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

      by G2geek on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 06:08:28 PM PDT

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  •  about downed landlines and comms in general: (0+ / 0-)

    If your power is on and your landline is down: chances are it's a localized outage rather than a large outage, for example tree branch took down your individual wire from the pole.  

    Call that in to telco repair (dial 611) and let them know your phone is out but your power is on.  If you do or don't have medical or other life/safety needs, let them know that also, so they can prioritize repair for people who do.  

    If there is a regional outage it will probably take down your nearby cell towers as well, since they are also fed from the same infrastructure that feeds your landline.  

    The best combination for emergency preparedness is to have all of these:

    Landline via "twisted pair" copper wires directly to the telco central office, not via your cable TV.  At least one corded phone that does not require batteries or a wall transformer to operate.  

    Cellphone on a different carrier than your landline.  At least one fully-charged spare battery pack at all times.  

    Internet via your cable TV provider's "coaxial cable" to their head end.  Laptop or other device that can operate on batteries.  

    That combination provides "carrier diversity" to maximize the probability that at least one of those will continue to work in an emergency.  

    Send out "I'm OK" messages to loved ones, but don't waste batteries or bandwidth having long conversations or online exchanges while the emergency is still in effect and service is affected.  

    Re-record your cellphone voicemail greeting as follows:  "This is (name), we're OK after the storm but power is out and we are conserving cellphone batteries, so leave a BRIEF message and I'll check messages a few times a day and return urgent calls.  Or call our landline at (number) if you need to speak with us immediately."

    This enables you to keep the cellphone turned off altogether, conserving batteries until/unless you need to make a call.

    For internet, plain text email is best because it uses the least bandwidth; save the photos to send to your relatives & friends after the emergency is over and conditions return to normal.  

    Keep laptops and other portable devices turned off until you need them to check email.  Having a dialup modem and dialup service to your broadband provider, as a backup method of getting through, is highly useful in the event power is down (in which case your cable TV & cable broadband will also be out).  Modems are available to plug into USB ports on most devices; test before the emergency.

    "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

    by G2geek on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 06:20:24 PM PDT

    •  being without power for almost the (1+ / 0-)
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      whole time since yesterday night, just back for an hour, then off again, now back on since a couple of minutes.

      Have only cellphone, no landline, have comcast internet and TV. So when the power is out, the only thing that is still working is the cellphone. I shut it off and used it only for a couple of messages. What is irritating is that you can't get any updates via radio as well if the power is off.

      I got myself charcoal for cooking. Put my bathtub full of water (as they restricted water usage) and went dozing off the whole day.

      I think what's missing in my equipment is a power source for a radio.

      No thunderstorms this night expected. Hot, but no rains. No I am going back to Nurse Kelley's vigil diary by Belinda Ridgewood and look at all the nice cool moist water photos. They are exactly what I need to look at right now.

      •  hand-cranked radio & cellphone charger. (0+ / 0-)

        Freeplay is the gold standard for hand-powered radios, mobile device chargers, and so on.  Designed & developed in Africa and used around the world.  

        If you have an REI nearby, they carry a number of Freeplay products, or you can order from them online.  

        "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

        by G2geek on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 09:03:26 PM PDT

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  •  Lost my power for 1.5 hours (0+ / 0-)

    I'm in Fairfax Station and my power went out at 6am.   I was surprised when it came back on around 7.30 am.    I was worried I might actually have to burn gas in my Volt today, but the power came back.  

    My son went to a Bat Mitzvah this morning and our synagogue had no power.    Fortunately it did not get too hot before it finished.   My son told me they worked this very nicely into the service.  

    It appears that a good portion of Springfield was without power.   Old Keene Mill Rd only had two functioning traffic lights between the mixing bowl and Lee Chapel Rd.    Around 5pm, the tree that killed the motorist was still on the power lines (just trimmed to be out of the roadway) with no work crews anywhere.

  •  I was staying in Vienna last night to (0+ / 0-)

    watch a Gilbert and Sullivan production. The heat was absolutely brutal (103 degrees fahrenheit). Everyone in the audience was using a fan.

    Just as soon as the play ended, I was walking back, and suddenly there was torrential rain and winds over 50MPH. It took almost an hour for the storm to pass.

    As we delve deeper and deeper into climate change, weather like this will become commonplace. The Washington area, as well as much of the US, will soon become uninhabitable for many people.

    The reason they call it the American Dream is because you have to be asleep to believe it. --George Carlin

    by Charles Garnaat on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 08:02:58 PM PDT

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