I am over by Springfield Mall and we finally just got our power back at 11:25 AM. It went out at around 10:45 PM yesterday, just when the bottom of the 9th inning started. So it was out for OVER 12 hours here.
But I see that...
WE WON!!!! ( WHOOT!!! )
I'm chilling in a hotel lobby, bumming AC and internet access and watching "US Marshalls" on AMC. I might make a day of it.
I got to Dulles airport after midnight last night, and it was a disaster area. Escalators out, hour-long lines for taxis, then I get home with zippo power and 87 degrees inside with all of the windows shut and the AC not being on at all the last few days.
The young folks are getting a lesson in how you should always have 50 bucks on you. I went to lunch and a lot of places' credit card processing is out, and they're only taking cash. Gas stations too.
Some so-called "youngins" only learn that lesson after 44 years. *blush*
BTW our power is back on in Derwood. I aim to get more D batteries so we will be better prepared next time.
Still NO power at the Evergreen Estates in Haymarket and my 5000 watt generator is not strong enough to run the a/c unit.However the generator is strong enough to keep my MillerLite cozy and cool in my fridge in the basement.
I'm not certain, but I think we'll be OK. ;-) __________
Let's go NAAAAAAAAAAAATS !
Boy you ain't kidding.
I did not even realize that it was this bad until I turned on the local news.
Take care everybody.
I'm still out as of 8:30 or so. I'm back in the lobby of the hotel, I brought my cooler to steal ice and I plan on staying in here until it's time to go to bed or go get drunk somewhere.
The traffic light about a half mile from my house is back on, so they are making some progress. My whole section of hundreds of houses is completely dark, but every section surrounding us is back on.
It was 91 degrees in my living room at 5:00 PM. I grew up here and as a kid we didn't have central air, just window ACs for use at night. So, it's not the heat, its the boredom. Sitting on my deck listening to an MP3 player or hanging out in a hotel lobby are my two choices tonight - or I'll hit a bar.
It is weird, I drove down in Fair Lakes earlier and about every other traffic light is out.
They really need to start installing power lines underground more often.
Specially if we get hit by one of those Super Massive Solar Flares, then it's...
BOOM BOOM, OUT GO THE LIGHTS!!!!
And the end of civilization as we know it, and we will all become 'Road Warriors'.
>>"still unshowered (waiting for the hot water to heat back up)"
Come on Rich, you need hot water to take a shower when the heat index is 100 and you have no AC? A cool shower won't kill you, and would probably be a relief if the AC stays off long enough.
I was driving through downtown DC, heading to a late party as the storm hit but I heard my house in MD lost power with one out in the 9th. It was out about 20 hours. We watched the Nats game from my brother's place in Old Town, and when we called our empty house during the 8th inningand the answering machine picked-up, we knew the power was back on. My Comcast cable modem service wasn't as lucky, as of 9:30pm I still had no Internet, which is the only thing I use Comcast for. Does anyone use satelite service for their Internet and if so, do you recommend it?
The only reason I'm on the Internet now is because I came into work for a few hours.
1:40 am and still no power on the fifth hole at Evergreen C.C.. I fortunately have a basement and a generator that I have used to back-feed my electrical panel to sparingly select the most needed circuits. (fridge, freezer, ceiling fans.)
Even with my handyman skills this house is still sweltering above the basement level as we approach 2:00 am. My wife and I are both fine however there is reason to fear for the elderly and the sick that don't have the amenities of a basement and a fan as we have. I sure hope this story doesn't get any uglier.
Check on your elderly neighbors. .......... hey, wait a minute. :-( _______