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Gorgeous Ice Storm in New England #475263
12/13/08 03:49 PM
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The northeastern US just got hit with a giant ice storm, which turned all the trees into glass sculptures! It was REALLY pretty smile It also took down a ton of power lines!





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Re: Gorgeous Ice Storm in New England [Re: Lisa LowCarb] #475265
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Massachusetts has nearly 300,000,000 homes with still no electric.
My son and his family are one of the many, no pump for their well water besides no heat or electric. They told it would not be running till some time next week. Massachusetts and Parts of New Hampshire have close to a million homes with no heat or electric. How so many of us are not prepared for such emergencies.


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Yeah we got that here in Albany too. It really was pretty to look at. Too bad it did the damage it did. It was like an icy wonderland around here.


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Vance - I was in fact driving out to Bennington VT to pick up my son when I took these photos, so I was nearly at Albany smile Here's another photo -



We had a huge branch down in our driveway but luckily it missed both cars. We only lost power for maybe 14 hours so we were fine! We have well water too but we keep gallon jugs around of water for emergencies so we were fine there smile


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Re: Gorgeous Ice Storm in New England [Re: Lisa LowCarb] #475720
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The pictures are stunning! But it's so true that most of us are woefully unprepared for these types of weather emergencies!
My thoughts are with everyone coping with the effects of the ice storm! Please keep safe!


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Re: Gorgeous Ice Storm in New England [Re: ReshmaHomeFinanceEditor] #475804
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There are still tons of people without power out here. We are very lucky that we have power and heat!

Yes it's always good no matter where you live to have an emergency plan. You never know what will hit, or when.


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Re: Gorgeous Ice Storm in New England [Re: Lisa LowCarb] #475806
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Ice storms are incredibly beautiful, but also inconvenient and dangerous. It's been a few years since I went through one, but in the last storm we heard of some people who asphyxiated themselves through improper use of a generator. So, please be careful and never use one inside your home.

Re: Gorgeous Ice Storm in New England [Re: Lisa LowCarb] #475809
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I know it sounds silly to all you guys in the North, but whenever we get hit by something major down here in the South - hardly anybody is ever prepared for it, simply because nobody ever thinks it is going to happen.

The last time we got hit by a major ice storm was right before David and I got married (about 8 years ago). Everyone was pretty much locked down for 4-5 days.

Luckily our houses have fireplaces, and lots of wood. But David got a generator that can run the house in case of emergencies - mainly because he has so much computer and back up stuff from his work, LOL! We just get to benefit from it, too.

We also invested in an emergency weather radio, and bought one for my parents and grandparents. But that is honestly as valuable to us during tornado season as any other time. I think that is the most valuable purchase we have ever maee.


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Michelle, Did you get one of the generators that run on natural gas or a gas powered one? After the last one we considered getting a permanent one, but other expenses took priority over something that would only be necessary during bad weather.

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Gasoline unfortunately.

It stinks, it is horribly loud - but it will keep us warm.

It will also annoy the heck out of all of our neighbors if we ever have to actually use it! So we will ust have to invite the neighborhood over for a big campout if we are the only house with heat so they won't all hate us, LOL!


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Re: Gorgeous Ice Storm in New England [Re: Chelle - Marriage Editor] #476128
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We have a gas one, too. It's a Briggs and Stratton with a pull start. It's nothing fancy and probably rattles the neighbor's windows even though it's not as noisy as some I've heard in the campgrounds. They are certainly helpful in saving your frozen goods that would otherwise ruin without power for days.

When we use ours, we actually get phone calls from people riding down the street wanting to know why we have power when they do not!

Re: Gorgeous Ice Storm in New England [Re: msbaby] #476139
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My brother lives in Albany and he lost power. His GF's son lives in Troy they lost power. GF had company all weekend as she was spared (or was she..LOL) My brother said it wasn't as bad as ours back in 1991. We still see damage from the storm. From the photos I saw in Albany area they looked just like ours except it took the whole city down for 3 days and then about two weeks or more before all got most power back. It did look so pretty and eerie though driving in a world of ice. Only silience.

Re: Gorgeous Ice Storm in New England [Re: rdywenur] #476494
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Our neighbors have a generator and it is LOUD when it goes on. It's a main reason I don't want a generator. I thought it was wonderfully peaceful when the power went out - the whole house was actually SILENT. It is amazing how much "ambient noise" there is normally from clocks, fridges, etc! Never mind TVs and actual noisy things.

There are still tons of people without power around here, so this is pretty serious.

I definitely think everyone should have a hand-crank radio and flashlight as bare basics for an emergency. That way you can see and know what's going on.


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Re: Gorgeous Ice Storm in New England [Re: rdywenur] #477605
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Yeah, they can be loud. The running of the motor doesn't bother me in emergency situations or in town. When it gets to me is when you go camping to get some peace and quiet and one of your neighbors has the camper hooked up and the generator running full tilt both night and day.

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That does sound troublesome msbaby! Yes you can understand it in a true emergency - maybe someone in the house has a medical problem and they need the electricity to stay alive. At a campground it is a bit excessive! Although I *suppose* the same could be true ...


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