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Here's a good video to give you an idea of the situation. Check out the lady's home at 50 seconds! There are thousands and thousands more just like it.
Not much point to this post other than to share and vent. To start, I came out quite lucky with minimal property damage. For one, just a month earlier I had removed 2 unhealthy trees, and did major tree trimming to remove all dying branches (10 trees or so). One of the removed trees would have been on a direct line to fall onto my house. 2 houses directly across the street from me both had a tree fall on them. And we were a couple miles outside of the most destructive zone. It could have been much worse here. A close friend had both of his cars smashed by falling trees. A man died biking on a trail just a mile from my home. He was caught in the storm and didn't make it home in time, a tree fell and crushed him. The storm traveled across the state at 100 mph, so there was little time for warning.
The "derecho" storm knocked out 100% of electricity to the entire metro of some 200,000+ residents. 400,000+ when you add in the surrounding small towns. No gas stations, grocery stores, hardware stores. No phone (mobile or landline) or internet. Nothing. This wasn't like a tornado that rips a line a half-mile wide. The destruction was some 40 miles wide and 100 miles long. It seriously felt like a post-apocalyptic scene in a movie, especially at night when an entire city was black without lights amid all of the destruction.
The day after the storm, my goal was to find gas and propane. Everyone else had the same idea. I had to drive to the next major city, 30 minutes away. It wasn't until my 8th stop that I found some propane. Eventually I drove 40 miles away just to find a functioning gas station. It was common to see 20 cars or more waiting in line, and hoping the gas didn't run out.
I had no electricity for 6 days. Luckily I had some resources to help get through. A propane grill, and a small gas electric generator. I was able to power my refrigerator so I could keep some food and meats fresh. Even this wasn't simple. The generator gas tank is only 1 liter, which needed to be filled about every hour. I would chew through a gallon of gas every 4 hours. If I managed to fill a 5 gal gas can, it would last just a day. Also, the generator was operating outside and are prime targets for theft. Need to leave to find gas? Need to sleep? What about that $1000 generator sitting outside? Add in that you are supposed to change the oil every 50 hours. That's an oil change every 2 days. Don't do it and you risk destroying the generator. After a couple of days, my generator got a leak in the fuel line, dumping gas around a hot engine in the summer, feet away from my house. On the same day, I had a (new unused) defective propane tank so I couldn't cook either.
Excuse the "politics" but it's relevant. It's now day 8 after the storm. My life is returning to normal but about 1/2 of the city still doesn't have electricity. Residents feel national attention has been mostly absent. Yea, I saw a few 30 second reports. Some tended to just talk about Chicago which was barely hit by comparison. The city and state governments failed hard here! The national guard, along with emergency aid should have been activated within 24 hours. Residents needed food, water, and gas. The Mayor initially said we didn't need help. For some reason, the Governor didn't take action and send aid anyways. Now, after 8 days Trump has finally declared it a national disaster which authorizes some federal aid.
Finally, I'll end with praise for the residents. So many people have stepped up, organized on Facebook. Taken food and supplies to people who have been trapped. Sharing chainsaws, and power generators. I'm really proud of everyone. I'll be going out again tonight with a truck to help haul away debris, and help a 70 year old man clear shit out of his condo.
Damn, I was just about to say that in Chicago we got hit with less than 10 minutes storm, and that alone was enough to take down massive trees around my block. I can't imagine what has happened by you.
And yeah, it's crazy, I haven't seen anything in the media these days about it. I really hope you get to your normal life ASAP.
Also, people can be great stepping up to help each other in situations like these.
Dam it's resources resources resources. I always wondered what would happen in those situations. I'm glad you had some things prepped. I'm not used to hearing about national disasters in your area. Well best of luck funny enough it'll be over before you know it.
March goals 2020:
Break day game dry spell
Continue 20+ approaches a week (week 6 done now on week 7)
Daytime approaches (14/50)
All the above on hold till corona is over
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