Storm of the Century for VA

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by cpttango30, Feb 5, 2010.

  1. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    Well boys I just shoveled the drive real fast in the snow. WHAT yes I don't want to be shoveling 30+" of snow in the morning. It was 8" deep and it didn't start sticking till around 4 pm. So in a little under 5 house it has dumped 8+" of snow and it is still going strong. Wind in my area is got to be 15 to 20mph steady with gusts up to 25+MPH.

    I have people in my area without power but thankfully none close by. Tango still has power duh right I am still posting on FTF.

    I will keep the updates going till I pass out.


    Tango OUT



    Not gonna Argue.
     
  2. colmustard

    colmustard New Member

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    nice! I love the snow, we are having a good bit of it also here in ohio, have a level 3 snow warning, which is the highest ohio hands out! Keep safe and warm over there!:D
     

  3. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger New Member

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    Hunker down, Bro, and be safe. :)
     
  4. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Balmy 79º at 10:00 PM. [​IMG]

    Is this #2 or #3 this winter? Sorry, I can't relate!

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  5. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    When I lived in the Sierra's it wasn't at all unusual to get several feet of snow during a storm. You just stay prepared and handle it. No big deal.

    Tango, you have too many weenies in your state. Tell 'em to man up or move to Arizona.

    I wonder if Al Gore has power? I hope he's freezing his fat a$$ off.
     
  6. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Tango, hold on. Spotted Al Gore and his global warming is headed your way!!

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  7. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    Tango - Stay warm and dry bro, that is the best advice I can offer.

    IF your power goes out, get on the phone IMMEDIATELY with your power provider and call in to get your name on the list. That doesn't mean you will be the first one back on, but I can tell you from experience that people that call get their power on MUCH faster than people that assume the power company knows they are out of power.

    Let me explain a "wide spread power outage" to you folks. Consider this an "inside the industry" peak at what goes on with the power SHTF.

    The first thing that happens is the power company starts fielding calls from customers. They immediately determine if they need multiple crews, or if this is an isolated incident.

    Once they determine that they need multiple crews, they bring people to "Damage Assess" prior to rolling a crew.

    Why?

    No sense rolling a crew at $6K-$8K an 8-hr shift if there is nothing they can do, or there is gear they need that they don't have.

    That is why calls are important. Your whole sub-division could merely have a small limb across 2 phases on a 3 phase line. That is an immediate outage, and it's SO easy to fix. It takes one of my crews, not including travel time, about 20-25 minutes to "safely" fix this problem and re-heat an entire neighborhood.

    Now, the power company has to report ALL outages to the Feds. Every minute that paying customers are out of power is reportable and it MUST be reported. It's the law.

    So, if you have an outage on your power, even if you have a generator, please call and let the power company know. They might be able to fix your power in just a small period of time that could make A LOT of people more comfortable and warm.

    JD
     
  8. gorknoids

    gorknoids New Member

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    I'll be abusing those figures next Thursday, Cane.
     
  9. Highpower

    Highpower New Member

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    And make damn sure you aren't back feeding the grid......

    Last major ice storm we had here the local utility had something like 300,000 customers without power. My generator ran for 4 days straight and every one of my neighbors hated me. Don't know why? :confused:
    I was nice and I left my porch light on for 'em...... :p
     
  10. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    JD been there done that. My father ran a line crew for PG&E for 30 some years.

    They always sent a troubleman out first. He was a lineman/ trouble shooter. He would check to see what was wrong fix it if he could if not he called in and said what was wrong and what the needed to fix it.

    I tell you my dad brought home some rather hefty checks working storm damage. There was one december he was home maybe 3 days. worked 18 hours a day the rest of the time.

    For him and BG&E was a union shop. He got a mean every 8 hours and after the first 40 it went to double time then if you put in another 4 or 8 hours it went to double time and a half. So if he was making $30 an hour he was getting double that or $60 an hour then he went to $75 an hour with $25 every 8 hours of work for a meal. I seen a meal check once that was $10k+ for one month.
     
  11. The_Kid

    The_Kid New Member

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    2 hours after the storm hit central Ohio, I took a shot with my Eddystone. My internet connection is not functioning properly due to the storm, but as soon as the connection allows the whole video to upload, I'll display it in this comment.

    Like Rahm told me, "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste,"

    ;)

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSIWgEUhQd8"]Eddystone 30-06, 300 Yards, Snow Storm[/ame]
     
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  12. TXnorton

    TXnorton New Member

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    Kid:

    Nice shot! I'll be adding an Eddystone to my collection sometime this year!
     
  13. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Daytona Speed freaks?

    I have the best seat in the house, no really, my house! My 52" flat screen, BarcaLounger and fridge!

    Enjoy the race noids!
     
  14. flyingbrickracing

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    They getting all our snow!

    I run a plow truck for the company and am missing a chance to at least make 40 hrs (we're at a manditory 32 hr max) if not some O/T and I also fix small engine power equipment and with no snow nobody is breaking anything!

    According the news we're 15" short of the normal amount for the season in upstate NY so far.

    Maybe burying D.C. in snow is Gods way of telling the Dems global warming is strickly up to Him!
     
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  15. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    All we're getting here is rain and a TON of it. MY yard looks like a swamp and there is a river going down my driveway.
     
  16. skullcrusher

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    Tango, my friend in Berryville is getting the same. He's shoveling in shifts, too. We got about 6" which is plenty for us. I feel for ya brother and the rest of the FTF community who are in the same boat. Take it easy when shoveling because this is a heavy wet snow. Then, get the kids out to make a huge snowman!
     
  17. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    Right now we have to be sitting at 3' of NEW SNOW on top of the 12 to 18" we had to start with. It is still snowing like crazy here in Stafford. My wife has to go to work tonight at 7pm she is leaving at 4 pm I hope she can get off the street really.

    This storm is crazy I have never seen this much snow fall for this long. We are lucky so far (KNOCK ON WOOD) still have the power.

    I am really worried about these two big 100+ year old oaks on the property one has a branch that is at least 40' long. I have a bad feeling we may be taking it down after this storm.

    Some how I lost the driver side wiper blade and couldn't find it in the snow. How the hell you can't find a black wiper in white snow is beyond me.

    Here are a few pics.

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  18. Yunus

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    I was out playing with the dogs and I tossed my basset Hound into the snow and she disappeared. They love the snow. Pics to follow once the snow stops, I don't wanna take the nice camera out while it's snowing.
     
  19. Gatekeeper

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    Got about 18" here in SW Pa overnight.
    Power flickered a few times last night but luckily never went out.
     
  20. Yunus

    Yunus New Member

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    Got my car out (first on the block, and we have a guy who has a snowblower, I got a cheap plastic shovel).

    Let me know if these pics don't show for people, I have not used Picasa before.

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    The dogs are still standing on a good 6-12" of snow. We just walked around making a path for them to walk in.
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    SWMBO's 2-wheel drive truck. I don't see this being used for a few days.
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    Here's the whole album.
    Picasa Web Albums - Bfegley - Winter