We have hijacked another computer for this post. Late Friday night an unpredicted and fierce storm hit our area and we have been without power ever since. Because we have been "in the dark", some of our facts may be off slightly, but this is what we gather happened.
Friday we had record breaking temperatures of 104 F (40 C - that just doesn't seem very hot, but was it ever!) and the forecast was for a slight chance of thunderstorms. Meanwhile, out towards Chicago, a line of thunderstorms was intensifying and widening, and moving due east. Around 10 PM, BGE (our electric company) realized some major storms were approaching. 10:30 PM they hit our house. (Our regular readers know we live about half way between Washington DC & Baltimore, Maryland.)
The winds were really scary, the house was moving and even the bed felt like it was moving too. By 10:45 our power was out. The storm continued on. It felt like a hurricane, or possibly a tornado, and the mom was listening for the roar that announces one.
Today's Washington Post & Baltimore Sun said the storm was a rare "derecho". Sort of like a tornado, but it moves in a straight line with straight winds. Winds were reported up to 80 MPH (35.77 m/s - that doesn't sound fast either). The three power companies that service the Northern Virginia/ DC and Maryland metropolitan area currently have about 390,000 customers each still without power - 2 days later and about 1,170,000 powerless. And so we wait....
All we know is that we have no AC, and the temperatures this week are going to be mid to upper 90s (35-37.2 C). BGE says it will be "deep into the week" before all power is restored. Some 650 crews are coming up from the south to help. Usually when they know there's violent weather, they pull in crews before the weather hits, but since this was a surprise storm, that didn't happen, so back up crews are days behind. They are going to be here on Monday.
The kitties are doing well, all things considered. Its not too bad on the lower floors of the house. Upstars is very hot, still everyone slept in their usual spots, but without snuggling. The mom was a little surprised, she figured the kitties would bail for cooler places.
All the food in the frig and freezer will have to be trashed. Fortunately, the mom decided to go food shopping Saturday morning instead of Friday after work. Boy, would she have been mad! (Those of you who saw her avatars know she has red hair.) The Girl, who has been working at a horse farm in Pennsylvania this summer, was supposed to come home on Tuesday for a couple days, but who knows if that will happen now.
Since the mom had never heard of a derecho before, she looked it up online and Wikipedia already has our derecho posted as an example! Its under the section called "Damage Risk". They don't miss a beat!
We aren't sure when we will be getting back to posting and commenting. The sooner the better! Take care. Happy Canada Day to our friends up north! In case we aren't up and running by the fourth, Happy Independence Day to our friends in the US. We'll try to post as we can.