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Hurricane Sandy

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by thewoodlands, Oct 22, 2012.

  1. corey21

    corey21 Minister of Fire

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    Power came back on a bout 4 or 5 pm today here .
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  2. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Cold weather setting in. Gonna be a big problem for folks out of power and fuel.

    And wood burners when your wood stack is soaked.
  3. corey21

    corey21 Minister of Fire

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    Yeah the soaked wood was a problem for me big time.
  4. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    Gas is my problem now. For the genny and my car.
    I left the house at 5 am so that I could get into the city before the HOV only restriction at 6 am. I guess I'll take a nap before work starts at 8.
    Have plenty dry wood. I kept a tractor cart full in the shed during the storm.
    Maybe I cab trade somebody firewood for gas?
  5. WellSeasoned

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    I filled up everything before the storm. After that before the power went on to 2 local gas stations, I was cyphoning from the quads and the boat that got new through a few days. Power came back on here in the early morning. Still cleaning up despite the sleet we got today. Waiting on the nor'easter I guess. Be well
  6. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    I drained the tractor and lawnmower tanks. I even put a little 2 stroke mix in the car last night.
  7. WellSeasoned

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    Good luck flatbed, hope things work out for u! Be well
  8. Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle

    Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle Minister of Fire

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    According to News 12, the gas is coming with in the next few days.

    I know I'll be picking up a few gas containers when this is over. AND a generator, or two.

    Where are you guys on this map?

    http://apps.coned.com/stormcenter_external/default.html

    LIPAs map like this helped me keep track of the power issue. Might help you guys.

    Hang in there !! Rooting for you & Bonnie, Steve !
  9. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    Just heard that Con Ed was on our street today. The downed trees are clear, the wires are back on the poles, but the transformer is dead. They told my neighbor that they should have us back up late tomorrow. We'll see how that goes. We also got some gas from my sister and my father today. I am hopeful. If we do get power, my genny will go to work over at my brother-in-laws place. They have a baby and are getting by with some of my wood in their fireplace for now.
  10. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Hang in folks. Can't imagine what you are going through up there.
  11. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    Dix, We are under the "4" and estimated for 11/09.
  12. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Not a sermon, but times like these make ya think about just how much we depend on that plug in the outlet.

    Don't have the damage that is in the Northeast but two to three times a year we get reminded. "What if it lasted months longer than the generator gas?".
  13. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    I guess if it were months we'd adapt somehow. I think the second month would be easier than the first.
  14. Shadow&Flame

    Shadow&Flame Minister of Fire

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    When the plug doesnt work, you get back to the stone age pretty quick. I should have paid more attention to my Grandmother when she was talking about making due with next to nothing. Its sad you never appreciate things until they are gone....
  15. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    It isn't really sad. The conveniences we have, most made available by electricity, are a great thing. The fragility of the whole thing is a concern. We go down for a week often in snow storms. Not because we live in the arctic, but because we live where the power lines go through miles and miles of trees. Our whole neighborhood got knocked out for hours this summer in 90 degree heat because a skinny little three inch dead tree thirty feet in the woods fell on the power line on my driveway.

    Took out the power for 65 houses.
  16. begreen

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    I have the same thoughts for our safety. We get some direct assault from killer storms hitting the coast. And then there are earthquakes. I stick with the "prepare for weeks without power" scenario, and that includes local gas stations. So far the longest has been 8 days, but it could be worse with wilder weather.
  17. begreen

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    Are there any carpooling possibilities? Seems like there would be lots of folks in the area in the same boat.
  18. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    We did 14 days without power back during the ice storm . . . but there was gas available a mile away from the house and I lucked out in being able to purchase a generator which provided heat once we jerry rigged it to provide power to the oil boiler . . . another line went to the refrigerator and a third line went to the TV . . . priorities you understand.
  19. Flatbedford

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    No carpooling for me. I work from early morning to late night. Its hard to find somebody with the same hours.
    My wife was able to fill two gas cans and the tank in the pickup today. She only waited less than 45 minutes.
    I spoke too a wonderfully friendly and helpful woman at ConEd this afternoon who told me that the final repairs to our service are scheduled to be completed by 8pm today. :)
    If that works out, I can use the gas my wife bought for the genny to drive to work tomorrow.
    Things still getting better.
    I appreciate my good fortune and I hope other's conditions are improving as well.
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  20. Pallet Pete

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    We finally heard from my cousin on staten Island last night and it is real bad there ! They have nothing left it was total devastation. He said there is no one there but the homeowners and they are scrounging bottled water and canned food out of ruined homes, cars and stores. He called my sister after finding a generator to charge up a to of cell phones. There is no real aid or power to speak of as of last night. He said that his family are slowly walking out to a more secure area.
  21. thewoodlands

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    Sorry to hear Pete, FEMA ran out of bottled water which is hard to understand.

    zap
  22. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    That is bad news. I hope things get better soon.
  23. woodgeek

    woodgeek Minister of Fire

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    My power came back on last night, after 5+ days down.

    The bucket truck was actually on a pole in front of my house at the expected 'back on date/time'. The lady across the street came out, talked to them and pointed to her house, and 2 minutes later her house (and neighbors) were back on. Then they started packing up and drove away (with me and my side still dark). 10 mins later a second truck pulls up, and the guy spends 10 minutes doing a walk around on the powered houses to make sure everything is aok, and then he makes to leave too. At that point, my neighbor runs out there to tell him, um, this side of the street is still dark (we're on gennys). He goes 'OH!' and then turns on our power 2 mins later. Good neighbor.

    FYI....not a criticism of the line guys. They are prob sleep deprived and not given good information, not to mention underpaid. Just goes to show that it is always a good idea to talk to the linemen!
  24. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    Con Ed told us we'd be back on by 8 last night. Still dark. We are one of only 6 houses still dark and waiting for a new transformer. My neighbor (licensed electrician) just connected my generator cord to his house. Still on temp power, but not feeding genny anymore.
  25. Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle

    Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle Minister of Fire

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    This is the time for good neighbors. Thats awesome.

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