Storm.

Dec. 15th, 2006 09:31 am
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Sorry to the people I said I'd talk to last night - but our power was out when I got home (even though the winds were calm!) and then we listened to the radio while the storm came in. I ran to the store before things got crazy and picked up batteries and canned food, and a hot dinner for my roommate and I, since she bought last month when the power was out. On the way back I ran into a power line across the road with no markings or warning - as I turned around, the "City of Bonney Lake" truck was behind me, so I roll down my window and let him know what was going on up ahead (thinking he was out to do cleanup work or something) and he said, "Oh, thanks for letting me know, I'll drive around it" and drives off.

Uh...guy...did you hear me, it's across the WHOLE DAMN ROAD.

If you didn't hear, the Pacific Northwest had a terrible wind storm last night, with gusts up to 90 miles an hour in some places. I'm sure that our house had sustained winds of over 50 between 11pm and 1am.

I slept on the living room floor, since my bedroom is in the southwest corner of the house and we have trees outside - they were advising people on the radio to do that for safety. We started out on the couch and the chair, and eventually moved to the floor (and she went to her bed, she's on the south east side). Our cats were freaking out and were pretty rowdy all night - between that and the howling wind, I didn't get much sleep.

They are comparing this to the Inaugural Day storm (for folks who aren't local, we had a severe windstorm on Clinton's inauguration day in 1993) and during that storm my family (I live 2 1/2 miles from where I was then) had no power for 5 days.

They say a MILLION people are without power today. Fortunately, work does have power, but I'm down in Fife near the port, so I figured as much. Should have brought my cell charger with me, but oh well.

We didn't have power or cell reception at home, I didn't have cell service until I was able to get off the hill (a long slow tree-dodging battle) and Mark texted that he has power so I may go steal a hot shower at his place later tonight if our power at home stays off.

Wish me luck, and I hope all of you locals out there stayed safe.

some stories from the storm, as heard on KOMO radio )

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