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message 1: by Lynn (last edited Jan 29, 2009 01:45PM) (new)

Lynn This is a place to talk about any storms that are going on or weather stuff.. just so we can check in with each other and whatnot

So this is in response to what Tami was talking about in the reading challenge thread:

It's been CRAZY! Since we're southern (yeah I consider us the South... I don't know about everyone else) we aren't really equipped to handle things that might seem normal to northerners. Everything is covered in inches of ice and topped with inches of snow. Owensboro where Lauren and I live has experienced blackouts but not in my part of town. NOt sure about hers.

My family back home (one of the two counties hit the hardest in Kentucky) has been without electricity, heat, phone service, etc for several days. It's scary but I know we'll get through it. It's really beautiful here with everything covered in ice but so so dangerous.

We only had classes on Monday. The rest of the week we've just been sittin tight and managing the best we can. All communications were down for a day or two. That was what made it so hard. No cell phones, couldn't drive safely, everything was shut, no tv, no internet, no land lines. But praise the Lord our heat and power never went out. We thought it might.

A lot of trees and branches are coming down b/c they're so heavy with ice. The sound is terrrifying... sounds like a gunshot. Some houses and cars got hit by them.

oh! I JUST got a call from my family. They are in Tennessee at a hotel for a few days. My home county and a neighboring county have been in a state of emergency since Tuesday and I knew they got hit the hardest, but they just told me that the whole county is 100% w/o power and get this - it might take THREE WEEKS to come back on!!!! So my dad's going to try and get a generator in TN and bring it back home.

This is just insane. Lauren, if you have power, how are you holding up??


message 2: by Lynn (new)

Lynn Update: I called one of my friends to see what was going on in town. Her brother is a police officer and he says that there have been deaths by falling trees and branches. I'm also certain that there have been some homeless people (I know we have a few at least) who have probably frozen to death. This is just... terrifying. Not knowing what's happening in other places. The whole of Kentucky was unable to communicate from town to town (hell, from neighborhood to neighborhood) and some places still can't be reached.


message 3: by Heather (new)

Heather (andshewontsleep) | 278 comments I hope it warms up there soon to melt all of that ice. We just got snow and rain here during this storm. But all of the sewers are so backed up, when I walked home from the train last night I was wading through freezing water up to my shins.

The town that I went to school in was hit really badly with an ice storm back in December (during finals week, no less). It took some of them 2-3 weeks to get power restored and it was just an awful mess. Good luck and stay safe!


message 4: by Janet (new)

Janet I am so sorry to hear about everything ladies! That is just the craziest thing. I am used to a lot of snow here in Colorado and we have been really lucky not to have any blizzards like we usually do. We're lucky that we don't get much ice (unless is snows) like other places do! Stay safe ladies and keep us updated!!


message 5: by Lauren (new)

Lauren (misslaurenwilk) | 425 comments OMG!!!! I just got power back on! I've been without heat and power since Tuesday! Me, my dog, and my bf went to my moms to check on her and she had no power in lives in an older house and we all had on like 5 layers of clothes and could see our breath! It was crazy! So we went to one of my mom's friend's houses and slept on the couch. She had a gas stove to keep us fed and kind of warm. Not really, but better than my apt or my mom's house. Not to mention that we had a pug, a weiner dog, and a boxer all in this house with me and 6 other people. Yeah, it sucked. Now I'm the only one with power in my 2 bedroom apt so all the dogs and people are at my place. Haha. We have mine and matt's bed, 2 airbeds, and a couch. Just enough room for everyone and we AREN'T FREEZING!! Its crazy here. I got out today and people are lined up standing to get propane and kerosene (sp?) to stay warm. It's ridiculous. And my manager called me to come in to work tomorrow. Ha. The bank has power but I doubt many people will be there.

They said when my mom called to see when her power will be back on... "we aren't giving any times or dates out of when power will be back on" Haha. That means.... never. Our water bill is going to be crazy! There's been like 6 showers today between all of us.

And now that the cells are working again, I've just gotten like 20 texts and 10 voicemails from like 2 days ago. Haha. I used to think this would be fun... no school, snowed in... but this sucks, bad.


message 6: by Lynn (new)

Lynn How have the roads been? I saw on the news tonight that Owensboro is like out of generators b/c so many people have bought them.. And I heard of people getting in fights over tanks of propane. Crazy.


message 7: by Lauren (new)

Lauren (misslaurenwilk) | 425 comments The main roads are a lot better, but all the back and side roads are still terrible. You actually drive on powerlines everywhere still. The police were at one gas station here on west parrish today. I heard of a friend going all the way to to Indiana to get some generators today. I can't remember the city but they said it was a 2 1/2 hour drive one way. Craziness.


message 8: by Amanda (new)

Amanda (mouser083) | 109 comments I work at Home Depot but down in South Florida, and people fighting over generators and propane tanks is actually quite amusing after seeing it for seven years there. We always have a line for generators that tends to wrap through the parking lot, and people fight there too when someone steps out for one second.


message 9: by Lauren (new)

Lauren (misslaurenwilk) | 425 comments It's still bad here. Some people won't have power for 2 weeks. My internet it just now working again since my last post. I went to work today and we had power, but our systems were offline and so we could only help people with certain transactions. And my dad had a bad wreck early this morning. He's ok, no broken bones.. just really beat up. His truck is totaled. It flipped over. Me and my brother had to drive out there and get his stuff out of it. I couldn't even climb in it. The windows were all broke and it was filled with mud from the floorboards to the steering wheel. I really don't know how he even survived to be honest. When it flipped, roots scraped the side of his head because he landed on crops. How crazy is that?! But he is ok. I can't wait for this all to be over. At first it was ok... no school, no work. But now it's just bad. How are you doing, Lynn?


message 10: by Lynn (new)

Lynn Our internet and cell service was down all day today (came back around 9:30 pm). That's so scary about your dad's wreck! I'm glad he's ok. Was it b/c of the ice? I know people are venturing out to Walmart and stuff but I REFUSE to drive until the ice completely melts or unless I absolutely have to. And I have refused to ride with people. I just don't trust it.

I'm doing ok. My parents are still in exodus in Tennessee.. I called them to check in and suggested they go farther south to find a generator... Maybe as far as Georgia. I don't know if they will. Probably not, but that was my 2 cents. They also said that they might go stay with some of our relatives in Evansville, Indiana (apparently they weren't hit too bad) until the power comes back in Hopkins County.

I have really enjoyed not having classes but I know I'm going to be SOOOO behind when we do start back. I have not kept up with the readings or anything. I'm hoping profs will be understanding?

Speaking of profs, I saw some of them at dinner last night. I found out that those without power have moved into their offices w/ their families. Brescia has generators and we won't be without heat. It really warmed my heart b/c at Brescia we really stress our community nature and family-like structure. It's true. Brescia takes care of her own.

There is no doubt about it, we are in a disaster. It is a mess. I just hope we can clear it up as quickly as possible. Will this damn ice ever melt??? It was sunny today but I saw absolutely no water dripping from any icicles.


message 11: by Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner), The Founding Bookworm (new)

Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner) (perpetualpageturner) | 4407 comments Mod
oh my goodness..i honestly had no idea how bad that storm was for you guys..i'm glad you all are alright. i'm glad you started this thread to keep us updated!


message 12: by Lynn (new)

Lynn Lauren, I have a banking question for you and it's also storm related. I think we might have classes on Monday and if so, we should be getting student worker paychecks. I really need some money for a friend's bday celebration. The problem is, I go to a local bank (First United Bank of Hopkins County) and I really doubt that they will have any power. Do you think somewhere in Owensboro would cash my check and not charge me? since we are in an emergency situation and all..


message 13: by Lauren (new)

Lauren (misslaurenwilk) | 425 comments The only way another bank would cash your check if you didn't have a checking account with them is if your check is drawn on their bank. Like look at you check it somewhere on it it will have another bank's name. Like US Bank or something. If your check is drawn on them, just take it to them and they'll cash it for you. How much is your check for? If it's not a whole lot, when I'm working monday, you can come to my bank and I'll have one of the other tellers cash it for you under my name. All that means is that you sign the back, then I sign under your name and it looks like I'm cashing a check for you with my account. So if the check ends up being bad, then they will just charge my account for the amount of the check. But I so know Bresia checks are good. Haha. So if the bank that your check is drawn off of is some weird name and the bank isn't anywhere around here, I'll give you my cell number and you can run by the bank tomorrow and we'll get it cashed. I work tomorrow 8:30-5:00. Just post on here or message me and let me know! =)


message 14: by Lynn (new)

Lynn ok thanks! I think Brescia's account is with BB&T... I'll let you know if I have problems with it. So how does school look tomorrow? Do you think we will have it? Schools in my home county have been closed indefinitely.


message 15: by Lauren (new)

Lauren (misslaurenwilk) | 425 comments I have no idea if Wesleyan will be open. If they have power, I'm sure we'll be open tomorrow since most of the students live on campus. Bresia might be closed tomorrow since you've got more commuters. Who knows though. I'm not going to my class tomorrow night even if we have it. I've got a bunch of people at my house and there's just too much going on right now. I've already emailed my teacher in case we do have it. I'll go back Tuesday though. Just not tomorrow night.


message 16: by Lynn (new)

Lynn I've heard that Brescia will be up tomorrow. I assume KWC is doing the same. A group of Brescians went to Louisville today to see Wicked and the roads were totally fine... so that's a comfort.


message 17: by Tami (new)

Tami | 3103 comments Mod
We were spoiled with a few weeks of good weather, still not warm enough for me, but the daffadils are blooming. Then this weekend a storm hit, mainly rain but a warm rain, until today.

It snowed, and rained. Very cold rain. Icky stuff. Anyways, I hope this doesn't cause you all to get more ice storms when it travels that way. Stay warm everyone!


message 18: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly (kimberlywithat) | 2140 comments We've had a couple days of nice weather, we got too used to it. We woke up to about five inches of snow this morning, and it was really wet, heavy snow too. Driving to campus was crazy, the roads were terrible and the plows didn't do a very good job of clearing the roads. I was so grateful to have an umbrella. :) And good boots, the slush was up to my ankles. I was so happy to get home! :)


message 19: by [deleted user] (new)

when i lived in Israel i could only dream about a nice rainstorm. The temps in the summer can reach 85-100 degrees and living with my grandparents in the high rise with no air conditioning can just make things more hellish. i love snow, i just wish i lived in Vermont or Denver bc in Mountaintop Pa, if we get a storm its a rare sight or 12 inches of snow, but its pretty windy here today


message 20: by Tami (new)

Tami | 3103 comments Mod
If I could send it your way Gene I would. It is raining/snowing/raining/snowing....... all day long. I am tired of it. I live for the heat, so I would be less uncomfortable with your 100 degrees.


message 21: by Lynn (new)

Lynn we've had spring like weather lately! yay! but spring weather for us means big thunderstorms and tornados.


message 22: by Ashley (new)

Ashley (readerandwriter) Holy cow, we just got like a minute of falling hail here in Walnut Creek, California and it's freezing outside.


message 23: by Tami (new)

Tami | 3103 comments Mod
So we just got back from Riverside California, and though it is the farthest north I have been in California, I think it is still considered Southern California.

We were stopped on the side of the road for almost 3 hours, because of SNOW! I thought I was a huge baby when it came to snow, but when we finally got to go through the pass, there was at the most 6 inches of snow on the sides of the road, and some of that was because of the plows pushing it there. There was some ice on some of the bridges which was icky, but still. I was proud others freaked out about the icky white stuff as much (or more) than I do!

I thought Spring was supposed to be coming!



message 24: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly (kimberlywithat) | 2140 comments I swear, only in Utah could this happen. Last Tuesday we had a huge snow storm, it was so bad that the university cancelled all night classes. Then on Friday it got all the way up to 40 degrees, most of us drove home with our windows rolled down. (Another Utah thing, we get excited about 40 degree weather in February). It was stormy most of the weekend, and now tomorrow its supposed to get up to 48. I won't even need a coat!


message 25: by Tami (new)

Tami | 3103 comments Mod
Clarification, Northern Utah thing! :) Just kidding, they do that down here too.

I am the exception to the rule. I hate cold (under 80 is cold), and can't stand to drive with windows down. That is why I didn't get the convertible.

But I too wish the weather would make up its mind. Hopefully we won't be in drought conditions this year. We have been getting lots of rain.


message 26: by Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner), The Founding Bookworm (new)

Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner) (perpetualpageturner) | 4407 comments Mod
we here in the Philly region are supposed to be getting 6-12 inches of snow?? what!?? i wish i was leaving for Punta Cana today!! yuck! i just want spring weather NOW! lol


message 27: by Tami (new)

Tami | 3103 comments Mod
Our daffodils are blooming. You can come visit. :)


message 28: by Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner), The Founding Bookworm (new)

Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner) (perpetualpageturner) | 4407 comments Mod
so jealous!!!


message 29: by Nools (new)

Nools | 145 comments Wait, Ashley, you're Walnut Creek? That's so close!! I had to walk to class in that hail, haha! Minus the freezing and the lack of traction, it was kind of cool.


message 30: by Lori, The Over-Caffeinated Coffee Girl (new)

Lori Walker | 2109 comments Mod
Jamie...we're supposed to have weather in the 70s most of this week in OK. Maybe you should come visit. (That's actually unseasonably warm for us)


message 31: by [deleted user] (new)

my mom actually had a rare experience with a tornado that occurred in december of 07. It is rare because we live in the mountains and a tornado rarely occurs here, but i think it was rare warm day in december, when the temps reached the mid 70s and a cold front passed through and produced this tornado, and it just missed my house, i wasnt there, i was working in another location, and i noticed that the sky there was green but i didnt think anything of it because i dont have tornados here, and my mom said that the sky turned as dark as night and she heard a train..... i guesss that was a tornado, but you should see the damage it left it was crazy we had no power for 3 days and that night the temps dropped down in the normal 30s.


message 32: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly (kimberlywithat) | 2140 comments We had a tornado here a few years ago, which is rare for us too. We live right in the valley, it wasn't too bad though, only one person died. And some of the buildings in the city lost their windows. I think it was the only tornado on record for Northern Utah.


message 33: by Lynn (new)

Lynn Gene, you're right. Tornados sound like trains. We have a ton of them here. I heard on the news that Tornado Alley has actually shifted a little so now insted of being beside it, we're right in the middle of it. It's spring like here so I'm prepared for those sirens to start going off all the time.


message 34: by Lori, The Over-Caffeinated Coffee Girl (new)

Lori Walker | 2109 comments Mod
A few weeks ago the sirens were going off because we were under a tornado warning. I live not too far from campus, so it makes sense to go to the student union to take cover. Anyway, I saw these guys leave while the sirens were going off. Shortly after they stopped, the guys came back with a case of beer. They had gone on a beer run while the tornado sirens were going off. It cracked me up to no end.


message 35: by Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner), The Founding Bookworm (new)

Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner) (perpetualpageturner) | 4407 comments Mod
oooh very scary storm right now! and i'm all by myself at home! i was so scared on my way home..I couldn't see and there was hail and crap! I like storms...but not when i'm home alone lol..and not when i'm driving!


message 36: by Matthieu (new)

Matthieu | 130 comments It was intense; hail and heavy rain battered the roofs around campus. The temperature must've dropped 15 degrees.


message 37: by Lori, The Over-Caffeinated Coffee Girl (new)

Lori Walker | 2109 comments Mod
We had really bad rain and hail on Friday, which turned into snow on Saturday. And it's all melted today, when it rose to nearly 70. It's silly!


message 38: by Lynn (new)

Lynn We had tornado warnings Saturday. One touched down a county over from my school but we didn't have any damage luckily.. I just hate having to sit in that crowded basement w/o knowing what's going on up above


message 39: by [deleted user] (new)

it is windy today, and cold but tomorrow we are expecting sunny skies and mild temperatures, this is a weird weather pattern


message 40: by [deleted user] (new)

does anyone think that this crazy weather will soon produce an ice age, just like that movie the day after tomorrow or something else?


message 41: by Lori, The Over-Caffeinated Coffee Girl (new)

Lori Walker | 2109 comments Mod
I don't know. The weather in Oklahoma has been this dysfunctional the entire 21 years I've lived here, so this stuff isn't really new to me.


message 42: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly (kimberlywithat) | 2140 comments I think it's about time to revive this thread.

It snowed here last night. We got about 6 inches. I love the snow, but it's a pain to drive in. It took me an hour to drive the five miles to work. :P

It's supposed to keep snowing all day. I've heard rumors that we're supposed to get 12 inches.


message 43: by Ashley (new)

Ashley (ash88) I'm so excited... it hardly EVER snows where I'm from. once every 10-20 years. Last time I remember I think I was in 6th grade lol.... BUT it was supposed to snow here last night!! It didn't but they think that there's a good chance it will this season. Im so excited I feel like a little kid!!

Snow's not that far away from me anyways I drive about an hour to go snowboarding every season, but in my front yard? That would be so cool!



message 44: by Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner), The Founding Bookworm (new)

Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner) (perpetualpageturner) | 4407 comments Mod
Good call Kimberly! :)

Kimberly--WOW! Lots of snow for you! I'm jealous...but I HATE driving in it. It makes me extremely anxious..especially since last year I slid off the road into a field. lol

Ashley--I hope you get snow at some point this winter!


message 45: by Lori, The Over-Caffeinated Coffee Girl (new)

Lori Walker | 2109 comments Mod
It's supposed to rain today. And then there's a high of 29 for tomorrow. So exciting. I would like for it to snow because I want to go on a snow walk. But I don't want it to snow while I'm home for Christmas because my mom is terrified of driving in the snow, so we can't go anywhere, and I feel trapped very quickly.


message 46: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly (kimberlywithat) | 2140 comments Ashley- That's so exciting! I can't imagine living somewhere that didn't have snow on Christmas. I hope it snows for you!

Lori- What's a snow walk?


message 47: by Lori, The Over-Caffeinated Coffee Girl (new)

Lori Walker | 2109 comments Mod
Kimberly, It's where you bundle up, get some coffee or hot chocolate in a thermos, and walk around, enjoying the snow. I got it from Gilmore Girls.


message 48: by Kelly A. (new)

Kelly A. | 499 comments Oh man, I can't even fathom snow right now. It's 81 degrees outside, no lie. I don't like that.


message 49: by Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner), The Founding Bookworm (new)

Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner) (perpetualpageturner) | 4407 comments Mod
Oh I am so envious Kelly. While I love LOOKING at the snow, I hate how cold it is. I would love for it to be in the 80s..which is probably why I'm sitting ridiculously close to my fireplace right now.


message 50: by Tami (new)

Tami | 3103 comments Mod
I am envious too Kelly! 81 sounds like heaven compared to the 40 it is here. Well, today is sunny, so it probably will be a bit warmer, but not near as warm as it should be. :)


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