Well, I think this one beat the "Worst Ice Storm In A Decade" forecast. At least for me. We're on day 4 with no power, and guess what? "American Idol" loses something when viewed on a 5 inch black and white portable TV in a living room where it's 40 degrees! They say my power could be out for weeks. I guess it could be worse though.
During the storm, it was hard to rest though the night as we heard that constant sound, "crack, crack, CRASH!" Tree limbs fell all around us and we prayed they would miss the house. Thank goodness they did, at least so far. It's a mess though. It will take a long time to clean up and get back to normal, but there are many things to be thankful for.
Thanks to the neighbor who used his backhoe to clear the road of enough trees and debris so we could get to town before the county road crews, who were swamped, could get to it. Thanks to those who volunteered to bring food, extra heaters and help in general to those without. Thanks to those who are continually checking on the elderly.
Thanks to those utility crews who have come in from out of town to help restore our power. They say, in some areas of Western Kentucky, the power could be out for up to 30 days. It's hard to describe the devastation, and even the pictures don't reveal the enormity of it all.
Thanks to my father-in-law, who lent me his chainsaw. I'll be putting it to a lot of use over the coming days. I've been doing meteorology for more than 25 years, and I've never experienced anything like it. For much fo the 1st 4 days there was no electricity, no phone service and no cellphone service in my county and much of Far Western Kentucky.
Thanks to WCMT in Martin, TN and their crew for broadcasting the most recent news about the storm aftermath and keeping us up to date. They been the best source for those of us in Fulton County. WPSD has also done a good job, especially Meteorologist John Champion, who did a great job with the forecast and warning people about the coming storm on Monday morning. Bridget brought up a good point as she wondered if they have battery powered TVs that receive the new digital format. The analog signal is due to end soon, and these little TV's are a lifesaver. I know our's has been.
Looking at this thing before it hit, I knew it could be bad, but many times, the storms don't pan out as bad as the computer models predict. This one did....and more! We want to get warm. We need food. We need a bath. I REALLY need a bath!!! All we can do now is hunker down, find someplace warm, and wish Godspeed to the utility crews who have rushed in to clean up this mess, and boy do they have a mess to clean up.