Well they say we don't get hurricanes. But they are wrong. Yesterday morning when leaving work, the weather didn't seem too unusual. But by 10 a.m. it was starting to get unseasonably hot and humid. We went to a flea market and it seemed like it was one of the, if not, the hotest day of the summer. I even thought about going to the lake, pitching a tent and going camping. Glad I didn't.
By about 6 p.m. winds started picking up again, but it didn't end there. It just got worse. I sware that what we got yesterday afternoon was Texas' weather and it just seemed to pass through, followed by some seriously high winds. We lost our power by 9 p.m. and our phones went somewhere between there and this morning. The winds are now gone but we had downed trees and nearly 40,000 households without power in our area alone. I talked to my relatives in Columbus and they had downed trees and damage as well. Well, it's now 11 p.m. the next evening and still no power. On the local news website it states that we may be without power for up to 7 days. We have a large AEP power plant just down the road from where I live and another another (Ohio Edison) about 40 miles north. But as it turns out, they sent 10% of their workforce to deal with the Texas emergency and are shorthanded to handle our immediate issues. From what I read, they are trying to get us some workers in the area but it may take days. I'm currently at my parent's house just about 15 minutes from where I live but they are among the fortunate in the area to still have power. Man, this sucks.
I have relatives in Baytown and also Houston and of course they rode it out and have their own issues to deal with. But in case you folks in Texas were wondering, yes, that damn thing at least reached as far as OHIO up near Wheeling, WV.
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