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Sunday, January 14, 2007

Ice Storm 2007 Update...

It's Sunday and we are going through the third round of frozen precipitation.

So far we have been blessed in that all of our preciptation has been frozen before it hits the ground. Thunderstorms with lightning has accompanied the sleet and ice pellets this morning.

Other parts of the state haven't been quite as fortunate.

As ice continues to accumulate on the power lines, there is an increased danger of loss of electrical service due to the increase of the winds. The wind will cause ice laden powerlines to snap due to the additional weight of the ice.

This morning seven more people died on Interstate 40 and five more taken to the hospital. This is very upsetting to me as they were all in a 12 passenger van that lost control on the highway and hit a 18-wheeler head on.

What was so pressing that they couldn't have cancelled the trip?

God be with their families.

If you live in this area please take the marked snow routes as these streets are given priority and kept as clear as possible.

Find the snow routes here.

This storm is a multi-state event. The airport is almost at a standstill. Local newstations have pre-empted regular programming to cover this significant weather event.

Of course, the folks in the panhandle of Oklahoma have been suffering for almost two weeks due to the blizzard and multiple snowfalls that they have had there. Thousands of people were without power until the last few days and hundreds of cattle are still stranded and are starving without feed.

Once again, I am so very thankful that we are all okay and have electricity.

I hope that you are too.




Blogger Jan said...

I'm glad you're doing okay. It is sweet of you to check on your blog friends!

I was also wondering what those 12 people in a van were doing. Sometimes things just aren't that important. I hope the 5 who lived are doing well. I can't even imagine...

I don't usually get cabin fever, but I feel it coming on. I don't think we've ever been confined this long before! And with little relief in sight! But, as you say, at least we got the sleet instead of the rain. At least we have electricity!!

January 14, 2007 11:45 AM  
Blogger It's me, T.J. said...

I just heard that they were Mexican Nationals traveling east on I-40.

Glad to see that you are doing okay Jan!


January 14, 2007 12:40 PM  
Anonymous wolfbaby said...

im glad you made it through ok.. we had the ice for three days then snow for one.. ugh.. it's still cold here though not as bad as it was.. take care!!

January 19, 2007 6:27 PM  

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