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Power Out, But In Good Spirits

For once, the forecasters were right.

We were socked with a huge wind storm last night, and we're without power — me and (I'm told) 1 million others in Seattle and surrounding cities. The roads are littered with downed trees and branches, and the street in front of the house is like one big Christmas wreath: the pine trees across the road dropped a LOT of branches overnight, enough to turn the street green. The neighbor's fence was blown down, and so were many signs and small trees in the neighborhood.

I drove in to work slowly, figuring there'd be power and news. No such luck. There was only emergency lighting on at work (and the phone work there). Cell phone coverage is down for Cingular everywhere I've tried.

We're without power at the Monkey King homestead, and have been since 4:30 yesterday. I'm posting from the library, where the sweet sweet current of civilization still flows. Power company predictions are on the order of "days, not hours" until power is restored.

Fortunately, we have a gas hearth for heat and a gas grill for cooking, but light is a bit of a problem in these latitudes near the solstice. We'll muddle through, but the fridge is likely a total loss.


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Dec. 16th, 2006 12:23 am (UTC)
Know any dry ice vendors? You can toss the stuff in the fridge that you know will spoil and pack areas with dry ice. It might save the rest of the stuff. Of course, it sounds like that's not an option, though I find it fascinating that your library has power.

Good luck with it! Been there, done that. I hope that there's no more serious injury or death and that you folks get your power back.
Dec. 16th, 2006 03:31 am (UTC)
I agree. The biggest mistake we made a few years ago when hit with a hurricane was not quickly getting dry ice. Once we got it and put it in the fridge much of the contents were a loss.
Dec. 18th, 2006 06:50 pm (UTC)
Cool idea for next time. We put some stuff outside (which refridgerated it well enough), but lost the frozen goods: pork chops, salmon, some beef and so on.

Where does one buy dry ice, exactly?
Dec. 18th, 2006 08:55 pm (UTC)
Dry Ice
We were lucky that the fire department was giving it away at several locations. It went fast, though.

Usually ice cream companies and ice companies carry it, from what I understand. There might be a few niche places as well (science stores, classroom supply stores).
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Dec. 18th, 2006 06:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah, there are still street lights on the 520 that weren't lit last night, and chunks of street were blocked off on my commute today on a major arterial in Kirkland (Monday, 4 days later).

Makes me wonder what an earthquake recovery would be like...
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