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After the storm

#1 Post by Rusty » Thu Sep 14, 2017 5:51 am

Hey all. We lost power @ 7:45 Sunday night. That's when the blowing started to get interesting. We gut pounded on fill 12:15, that's when the eye passed over. At 01:37 it started up again but not nearly as intense. We're still without power even though a lot of people around us have been restored. There are 2 blown fuses on the poles between my house and the main feed. Maybe it will happen today.
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Re: After the storm

#2 Post by gamekeeper » Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:42 am

Glad to hear that you are safe... :)
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Re: After the storm

#3 Post by GunnyMack » Thu Sep 14, 2017 7:48 am

During hurricane Sandy we went without power 14 days and 15 hours. The wind snapped an oak tree about 20' up which pushed another over across the driveway through the power lines into 2 other trees.
That tree pulled on the power lines hard enough to snap the pole with transformer. The mineral oil in the transformer puked all over my paved driveway. Took about a year to go away.
The crew that finally replaced the pole, transformer and lines were from NC, great bunch of guys! I had to show my collection of antlers after one of them saw a rack nailed to shed wall.
The head guy told me 'I've never seen such an out dated electrical system'

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Re: After the storm

#4 Post by M. M. Wright » Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:05 am

Glad to hear you're OK and I hope you get that power back on soon. Ice storms here are our big power killers, that's why I have a welding machine that's also a 10KW generator.
I have a cousin near Orlando, (Ocoee) I should call to check on her and her groves.
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Re: After the storm

#5 Post by piller » Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:31 am

Yes, glad to hear that you are OK. One of the stores belonging to the company I work for was flooded in the Kingwood section of Houston. It is only about a mile and a half from a store which had only minor damage. The store with minor damage is up and running, but the phone lines are going down every day. They come back up about 45 minutes to an hour later. The customers are mostly refusing to accept that the store has no control over that. :roll: :roll: :roll: The company has requested volunteers to go to Houston and help keep stores open while the employees from the area take the necessary time off for home and family issues from Harvey. The company is putting the volunteers up in a Marriott hotel connected to Bush intercontinental airport. Seems rather a nice gesture to me. We keep the pharmacies open to the public and help the employees at the same time. Some areas show no damage, and other areas look as if they have been bombed.
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Re: After the storm

#6 Post by Bill in Oregon » Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:29 am

Having no power is no fun. Hope your home is intact.

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#7 Post by RIHMFIRE » Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:56 pm

glad to hear you made it through ok and safe. Any damage?
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#8 Post by AmBraCol » Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:46 pm

Glad to hear you're doing OK. Hope the electricity comes back up soon. Funny how attached we get to modern conveniences.
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Re: After the storm

#9 Post by BlaineG » Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:51 pm

Too bad underground utilities are not mandated. Surely, it's worth the expense.
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Re: After the storm

#10 Post by Ji in Hawaii » Fri Sep 15, 2017 5:05 am

My kid sis escaped Cape Coral on Thursday afternoon, and 18 hours of driving later was in Alpharetta, Ga. staying with our nephew and his family. Only thing is Irma was hot on her heals so she experienced the storm anyways. She is on dialysis so happy to hear the clinic up north had backup generators. She heads home tomorrow and when she gets there she'll have some roof shingles replaced. Worse part is going to be cleaning out her fridge and freezer after a few days of no electricity.
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Re: After the storm

#11 Post by piller » Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:32 am

Ji, glad she is OK. Just looking around Houston I am seeing a few places with a lot of damage. For the most part, it is looking good. Along the interstates and around Bush intercontinental airport it doesnt show mch damage.
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Re: After the storm

#12 Post by AJMD429 » Fri Sep 15, 2017 10:14 am

BlaineG wrote:
Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:51 pm
Too bad underground utilities are not mandated. Surely, it's worth the expense.
According to a lineman friend of mine, underground you are much more limited in voltage, so can't do the huge transmission lines, but the biggest reason is that in many areas washouts, floods, and landslides take out more lines than wind, plus repairs are often much harder.

So the companies do some underground, and some above, depending on their assessment of risk and benefit.
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Re: After the storm

#13 Post by Pete44ru » Fri Sep 15, 2017 12:45 pm

BlaineG wrote:
Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:51 pm
Too bad underground utilities are not mandated. Surely, it's worth the expense.

U/G utilities are still in harm's way if/when flood waters keep the transformer/connections/etc submerged - especially salt water folding.

I'm glad to hear that so many folks came through OK (alive),


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Re: After the storm

#14 Post by Rusty » Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:47 pm

Well guys, I got home from work this morning and the power was here. I always kill the power at the main breaker whenever we have an event like this. Our neighbors didn't in 2005 when Charlie came thru and a day after the power came on a radio in the kitchen set the house on fire, it was a total loss. I hit our main breaker and THERE WAS LIGHT!.
When Charlie came thru in 2005 something occurred to me. Without that thin copper thread that runs from pole to pole this country is no better than any dirt world country you'd like to name. You might even say they have the advantage.
There are tons and tons of oak trees down everywhere. I'd say firewood will be dirt cheap this winter, just a prediction. I lost quite a few myself on the back of my property but I rarely get back there any more anyway.I know from the back porch I can see daylight where there used to be shade.
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Re: After the storm

#15 Post by Sixgun » Fri Sep 15, 2017 10:27 pm

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Re: After the storm

#16 Post by Bill in Oregon » Sat Sep 16, 2017 7:58 am

Great news Rusty. Time to sharpen the chainsaw blade ...

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Re: After the storm

#17 Post by Pitchy » Sat Sep 16, 2017 5:38 pm

Glad all came through ok and your safe.
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Re: After the storm

#18 Post by Rusty » Sun Sep 17, 2017 12:56 am

I've been doing research on growin mushrooms in Florida. Shiitakes and oyster mushrooms seem to be possible in all the downed oak we have around now.
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Re: After the storm

#19 Post by wolfdog » Sun Sep 17, 2017 5:42 am

Glad you got through it okay, I was pretty lucky myself, power was only out for an hour and very minimal damage to the house(one shingle from a neighbor's house imbedded itself in the side of my house). Lots of others had it way worse, tornados touched down within 1/2 mile of my house, no one hurt but lots of property damage. Phone and cable finally came back yesterday.

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