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post #571 of 986 Old 03-03-2018, 06:05 PM
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DANG TRESPASSERS,
Get out the signs call the authority and get them Yard birds out a there, (PSST, GOOD EATING JUST THE SAME, JUST SAYING)

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Get out the signs call the authority and get them Yard birds out a there, (PSST, GOOD EATING JUST THE SAME, JUST SAYING)

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That's just more table fair,

NICE VIEW!

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Thanks WALTMART

Did you see back by the trees?
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Did you see back by the trees?
I just looked! Couple goblets out there as well,

Here is turkey just out side our domain, through spotting scope
Second was a sow just bout 40 yards out our front door, Good neighbors! Keeps the 2 legged ones at bay.
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Thank-You Sir,

Have Lots more,
Just not enough band width to deliver them all.

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Not that anyone would have gotten sleep out there last night with all of that wind rocking the thing!

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Well the snow around here was certainly a bust (wait until Wednesday), but that wind was something. We got lucky, never lost power and only lost one small tree that took out a plastic patio table. My niece in Providence was not so lucky. Her roof got ripped off, plywood and all at the height of the storm. So not only did she lose her roof, everything inside got wet.


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Well the snow around here was certainly a bust (wait until Wednesday), but that wind was something. We got lucky, never lost power and only lost one small tree that took out a plastic patio table. My niece in Providence was not so lucky. Her roof got ripped off, plywood and all at the height of the storm. So not only did she lose her roof, everything inside got wet.
Whoa!

My sister's place in RI was unscathed, other than trees blocking roads in the neighborhood.

My parents' place (also in RI), got a near miss. A giant pine tree in the neighbor's yard broke in two places, and fell in two different directions. The top landed on my parents' roof (doesn't seem to be damaged), and the middle partially crushed their steel shed. There's major damage to the fence as well. All my Dad cared about was that it didn't hit their camper (trailer), which it didn't. Weird that he mentioned that before asking about the house, LOL...

Anyway, both of my parents are still in Boston (mom's surgery), so my sister was the one to discover the damage while doing a mail run, earlier today. The neighbor was already cutting the tree up when she was there. My BIL and I will head down there tomorrow and ensure that everything is as OK as it seemed.

I was out today (to visit mom), and saw many, many downed trees along the way. Saw a large tree that fell on a car and a garage (same property) in Bellingham, and another that took out a camper (trailer) in Foxborough. There was a major power outage in Mansfield, which took out power to several hotels and restaurants along a main highway, as well as several traffic lights (the police/DPW had large strings of cones across the roads to eliminate the 4-way intersections that would have been complete death traps).

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We got 8" of snow today instead of over yesterday and today...once again, my plow saved me a couple of heart attacks today...I'm surprised that even though it doesn't weight that much, it can still push with the blade w ends, and snow spilling off both sides. Without it, it would have taken hours longer to do all the places. But I'll have to drag out the big snowblower tomorrow, as the piles it made on are too big for the Toro single stage to handle...it could, but it would take forever. The 28" commercial Ariens 2-stage won't have a problem with these piles.
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Things were very nasty here Friday...at 4:30 PM the 90+ mph wind gusts took down "over 1000 trees" according to local officials..the reports started coming in about 1 pm,and soon every major highway and all the "back roads" used as detour routes were all closed off ,due to downed power lines and trees...

Most of the local schools stayed open too,so all the students on buses were out in the worst of it--some didn't get home until 9 pm!...seemed like after every time the wind started making that "freight train" sound,then the windows started whistling,the police scanner would start going off like crazy --"Trees down on this road,trees laying on power wires--wires down,on fire--transformers exploding"....the local police soon found themselves very short handed and stretched to thin,to cover all the traffic diversions and road closings..

The stretch of Rt.44 not a mile from my house had 6 poles come down,some landed on cars,and stranded dozens there for hours--soon as that road was closed,my street became the "alternate route"--until a large tree at my next door neighbors house was blown over (snapped the 12" trunk like a toothpick!),and it landed squarely on a pole with three transformers on it,about 4:30 pm..

Immediately I heard a loud low HUMMMMMMMM,the wires on the pole turned orange in front of my mail box and came apart with a loud "BOOOM",and instantly the wire arced on the ground ,it was so hot despite monsoon rain coming down,it started a small brush fire,and the wire laid there arcing for at least 15 minutes before the power company made it here to shut it off--it smoked a good hour after the power was cut off,and all the dirt was melted into a glass like substance!.....

Of course my power went off the minute that cable melted--and stayed off all night,didn't get it back on until 6 pm Saturday...people that were being diverted due to that wire had to use MY driveway to turn around,and several inconsiderate (censored) decided making a 3 point turn was too difficult,so the just pulled in my driveway and id a 180--ON MY LAWN,leaving deep ruts..while the cop ignored them and did nothing,he also guided at least 3 school buses in my driveway to turn around,and a few 10 wheeled trucks..was lucky none too out my mail box!..

My roof lost a lot more shingles,the cement "cap" on my chimney has been partly blown off,(and I had to use the wood stoves to keep warm friday night,which was a risk,but I didn't have much choice)...that widow maker tree leaning over my quonset hut also was blown free of the other 2 trees it was hung up in and started to fall,luckily that chain I rigged up across the 2 trees in front of it "caught" it,and kept it from hitting the building,now its only about 2 feet above the roof though,and getting it cut down without harming the building will be challenging..

Several large tree branches just missed crashing on my van and the caravan parked off to the side of the driveway--had I not moved my pickup that morning,it would have at least a busted windshield!...my furnace started leaking water after it cooled down to room temp when the power went off and soaked the floor some,water dripped out of an air vent bleeder valve above the "bladder tank"--after it was back on and run awhile it stopped dripping and dried up again--not sure if thats "normal" or not..

I should go out there today and start picking up all the debris,and see if I can fix those ruts in the lawn...yesterday it was still gusting over 50 mph here so I decided to wait..
According to the NWS,several nearby towns had winds gusting over 90 mph--I believe it,the destruction here is pretty stunning,I have been looking at some Facebook pages and it looks like a tornado came thru here...

Some pictures I took--and one other I pirated online..sorry mine did not come out too great..that wire was shooting out bolts of lightning about 10 feet long,you can see one in the picture coming out of a nearby tree..it sounded like the worlds biggest arc welder lying there for 15 minutes.."ZAAAUUHHHGGGTTT!"....it was pretty scary those 2 days,friday night especially,with the wind still howling and no power..

I rigged a scanner up to a car battery and used it to power an AM/FM boom box I have,but there was NO info on the radio at all about the storm,only the police scanner provided some info on how many roads were closed and the thousands of downed trees and wires--I was lucky I was only off for 26 hours,some here wont get their power back until Wednesday or later!..(and another Nor'Easter is predicted to hit then too,though hopefully not as severe as this storm was...the flooding at the coasts was incredible also..
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Wow! That's an incredible story, Robert. When we lost power at home on Friday, I was poking around the National Grid outage map, and saw a large triangle around Rehoboth was out, and I was thinking about you. That was around lunch time, before it got even worse.

My grandfather (also RI) just moved into a new apartment a few weeks ago, lost power at 1pm on Friday, and just got it back on this afternoon.

My parents' house was miraculously spared any damage despite the pine tree landing on the roof. The guy who removed the tree did a great job of not adding to the situation. I fully expected to see a broken window or siding, but other than pine needles everywhere (and the broken fence and crushed shed), you'd never know it happened.

I do have some history with that house and shed. I was born there, lived there for less than a year, then moved back and lived there for almost eight years after college before buying my first house. I helped build that shed, which was a replacement for one that got wiped out by a hurricane (helped cut that up and remove it too).

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I read inline about 50% of everyone in Plymouth and Duxbury are still without power,and may not get it back before Wednesday...the entire town of Lakeville (right next door to me ) had lost all their power Friday too,most have been restored now though...town of Cohasset,Bridgewater,and Abinton all fed by National Grid's main power lines (the big towers that run thru woods) are completely "out",no power can get restored until those main transmission tower lines are repaired,it could take "all week" to get those towns back on the grid!..

I have not watched much TV coverage since I got my power back last night--I went to bed early,and spent all day online catching up on what I missed..

I'm sure many towns got it worse than mine did,but it sure was scary--not just the storm,but the fact this shows how unprepared our local first responders are if something really "big" went down,like a terror attack or bomb,etc..they did their best,but the facts are there is nowhere near enough available to cover the whole area and all its residents..I'm surprised only one death occoured,a 36 year old guy in Plympton was killed while sitting in his pickup,a huge tree fell on it and crushed the cab right down to the floor...if anyone had an accident,heart attack,etc,they were S-O-L,every cop and fireman was already out on a call..other towns mutual aid was not available either!--and even if they were--all the roads were impassable!..

If you are on Facebook,go to a page titled "Scan Middleboro",there are many photos of some damage done in Middleboro,and a very shocking video from Plympton MA just a few miles from my town too,showing over 50 trees that were snapped off almost at the top to halfway down point,landing on wires,poles,and people's vehicles..some streets had to be cleared with huge front end loaders and track hoes after the power was cut off and the wire fires put out..my town and others used the ten wheeled DPW plow trucks as bulldozers to clear fallen trees off the roads enough so emergency vehicles could get thru..


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That's pretty nuts. Reminds me of Hurricane Bob, when I was living in Middletown RI. There was a solid mile of poles down in front of the Newport Vineyard. We had no power for over a week. Granted, it was summer, so we didn't have to worry about freezing temps. Newport lost some really old trees, many blocking roads requiring the Fire department to help clear.

What surprises me more than the time it takes to restore everything is the attitude of people that expect power to come right back on, regardless of how widespread or deep the damage. Some of these bigger storms require massive outside help (long-distance mutual aid of sorts), and the truly massive storms that wipe out the whole east coast will stretch even the long-distance guys too thin.

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Did you check that Facebook site out ?...I tried linking the video but its "private" I guess,I cant post a link here,but you can watch it at that site..

I remember that storm "Bob" too,I was living in Leominster at the time,and it was pretty bad even up there,that was the first time I saw and heard a transformer blow up and catch fire,at the apartment complex I lived in..but the "damage" up there was minimal in comparison to here--when I drove down to this house that weekend,I was shocked to see things like you described..

My parents had no power for 2 weeks,all their food spoiled,thankfully that and the bay windows on the front of the house were the only "damage" to their property--the windows were not broken,they were double paned glass and the seal in between failed and let the gas escape and they couldn't be seen thru any more,they stayed "fogged up"..
The roads were littered with trees,debris and rubbish everywhere...everything looked like it was put thru a shredder...we had a few huge pines uprooted way out in the back yard,they fell over a stone wall onto another property,that is vacant and "un-buildable"..--we just left them there to rot..(didn't take long either--a year or so later I thought I'd try cutting them up for firewood,they were already mushy and sprouting mushrooms!--in 1982 a microburst snapped several other huge pines off the same way only a few feet away too,that area seems to be some kind of vortex !..

About 6 pm the cops,fire trucks and rescue wagon flew by my house--heard a car had rolled over after snapping a pole off not 1/4 mile from my house!..no injuries,but the pole snapped and the "wires are dangling"...now the power company is there ,I hope they wont have to shut the power off again!...
I purposely waited until today to re-set all the clocks,and re-boot my computer ,knowing the power often goes right off again shortly after it gets restored most of the time...I learned to never set them right away..

Stupid people here cannot drive to save their lives,cant stay on their wheels,more cars roll over here daily than any place else I've live----they cant even turn around without driving over someones lawn,in a compact SUV ,when my driveway is wide enough to do a 180 in my full sized van or pickup easily..I dont see how they passed their license exam !..
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