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Its been 10 years since we've had an ice storm of this severity here. We've been without power since 7:30am today (about 8 hours as I write this) and without cable TV and cable broadband internet for about as long. We knew it was coming and had planed an EOC (Emergency Operations Center), but it has still been a lot of work. Starting at around 5am the down power lines calls started coming in, and for several hours we didn't get a break. This afternoon as been quiet, with temperatures warming a bit, but tonight its set to hard freeze again -- well below 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
In 1998 we had the last really major ice storm. To get an idea of the devastation an ice storm can bring, take a look at this photo set via the Portland Press Herrald with a voiceover (look to the far lower right for arrows if you want to skip the voice) shows you how beautiful and at the same time utterly devastating that ice storm was. Ice Storm of '98 Slide Show Hopefully this year's won't be nearly as bad, but so far its not looking good.
I would have got these uploaded earlier, but with cable broadband down, I'm failed over to the low speed DSL line and it took forever to upload them to the Lotus Domino server in Dallas where the blog lives. Click on any of these thumbnails to see the picture in full size, and to get an idea of what an ice storm can do.
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