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OT - Well, THAT sucked! - OT

BotchBotch Posts: 10,210
Well, THAT sucked.
As most of you know we had another high wind/shear event along the Wasatch Monday night thru Wed morning (it was worst 4 to 7 am Tues, power went out during my 0430 shower). 99 mph winds clocked up here on the Terrace. Lost 2.5 trees, PLUS the beautiful 3 cottonwoods just across the fence that shaded my west patio, ugh. Neighbor to the north lost both his fences, neighbor to the south's trampoline just sat there.
Power came back on about 4 that afternoon, then heard my neighbor yelling, property behind my place was ablaze, RMP turned the power back on with power lines still on the ground!
I grabbed my hose, but the lines were still energized and arcing everywhere, Nope. Just wait for the fire department to get there.
Did I mentioned we've been under Extreme Fire Warning since July, and the winds were still at about 35 mph?
FD got there, went thru my two gates, and got it under control (the live line severed itself, thank goodness). Power was finally restored about noon today.
That first pic is my sandy soil, fuzed into a pretty piece of glass by 25,000 v power line; my souvenir from a miserable week.
 

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Ogden, Utard.  

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  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 22,036
    Dang- dodged a major bullet with the power line and your place but good call to not go pi$$ing on the electric fence  B)  Can't imagine the weather and fires hitting everyone west of the Rockies.  Just adds to how F'd up we have it in 2020.  If ever a year I am ready to see in the rear view mirror...
    Tough deal with the trees as it will take years to reestablish that cover.  

    BTW- I am quite sure you are in the every day is Saturday club so what's this 0430 shower event??   =)
    Louisville; "indeterminate Jim" here.  Rolling smoke in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer!
  • Nice lawn @Botch
    South of Columbus, Ohio.
  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 6,906
    Woa!
    Visalia, Ca
  • northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 14,366
    ......and the Egg?
    Johns Creek GA with a Large & a 17" Blackstone........Medium & MiniMax in storage

    Well, I married me a wife, she's been trouble all my life,
    Run me out in the cold rain and snow
  • CanuggheadCanugghead Posts: 7,506
    Wow, glad you’re safe.
    canuckland
  • GATravellerGATraveller Posts: 7,961
    Glad everyone and their homesteads survived. Total bummer about the shade trees cause those can't get replaced overnight. 
    I can't say I rise quite as early but you only beat me by an hour. I, however, wouldn't notice the power outage because I get ready in the dark.

    "Social media gives legions of idiots the right to speak when they once only spoke at a bar after a glass of wine, without harming the community [...] but now they have the same right to speak as a Nobel Prize winner. It's the invasion of the idiots."

                                                                                  -Umberto Eco

    2 Large
    Peachtree Corners, GA
  • YukonRonYukonRon Posts: 15,996
    Glad you are safe my friend. Cool reminder of the event though with that fused sand.
    "Knowledge is Good" - Emil Faber

    XL and MM
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • frazzdaddyfrazzdaddy Posts: 2,102
    Botch said:
    Well, THAT sucked.
    As most of you know we had another high wind/shear event along the Wasatch Monday night thru Wed morning (it was worst 4 to 7 am Tues, power went out during my 0430 shower). 99 mph winds clocked up here on the Terrace. Lost 2.5 trees, PLUS the beautiful 3 cottonwoods just across the fence that shaded my west patio, ugh. Neighbor to the north lost both his fences, neighbor to the south's trampoline just sat there.
    Power came back on about 4 that afternoon, then heard my neighbor yelling, property behind my place was ablaze, RMP turned the power back on with power lines still on the ground!
    I grabbed my hose, but the lines were still energized and arcing everywhere, Nope. Just wait for the fire department to get there.
    Did I mentioned we've been under Extreme Fire Warning since July, and the winds were still at about 35 mph?
    FD got there, went thru my two gates, and got it under control (the live line severed itself, thank goodness). Power was finally restored about noon today.
    That first pic is my sandy soil, fuzed into a pretty piece of glass by 25,000 v power line; my souvenir from a miserable week.
     

    Wow, That's some scary $#i+. Glad you guys are ok. 
    Xl bge ,LG bge, two 4' crusher cone fire pits. Weber Genisis gasser and 
    Two rusty Weber kettles. 

    Two Rivers Farm
    Moncure N.C.
  • Ozzie_IsaacOzzie_Isaac Posts: 10,327
    Oh wow!  Glad you are ok, and nobody got hit by a falling tree, electrocuted by downed power lines, or killed in a fire!  You should hunker down 8n a storm shelter for a few days with some quality booze.
    If it is worth doing, it is worth overdoing.

    XL, Medium, Minimax, Mini, Blackstone, WSM
  • northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 14,366
    .....glad all is well. Wild story fo sho.
    Johns Creek GA with a Large & a 17" Blackstone........Medium & MiniMax in storage

    Well, I married me a wife, she's been trouble all my life,
    Run me out in the cold rain and snow
  • dbCooperdbCooper Posts: 574
    Sorry to hear about the property and landscape damage.  Glad that you are ok.  Losing shade trees is a big bummer, been there a couple times, just sucks.
    LBGE, LBGE-PTR, 22" Weber
    Great Plains, USA
  • BotchBotch Posts: 10,210
    lousubcap said:
    BTW- I am quite sure you are in the every day is Saturday club so what's this 0430 shower event??   =)
    Single-day Schedule Deviation.  When the worst hit, the 30' pine tree just outside my bedroom window was banging on the window above my head, the wall, and roof like Buddy Rich, and I had just trimmed that tree to not reach.   :o  
    I knew I wouldn't be able to get back to sleep, and decided to relocate within my house, for a few hours...   ;)  
     
    Made the decision yesterday to remove that tree; it only has a 20-degree area in which it could be blown over and not hit my house, pergola, my neighbor's house, or our yet-to-be-installed new chain link fence.  That tree's "sister", in my neighbor's yard about 20 feet away, was blown over in the last high wind/shear event, about fifteen years ago (and took out his wooden fence that time, too).    
    ____________________________________________
    Introvert Engineers - Social Distancing before it was cool.  
    Ogden, Utard.  
  • GulfcoastguyGulfcoastguy Posts: 3,602
    An almost shocking situation. I haves somewhat similar situation. A. Pine tree 4 feet in diameter is maybe 20 feet from my bedroom . One reason I use the front bedroom instead of the master bedroom across the hall and at the back of the house. As you can see it leans slightly towards my house.
  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 8,058
    Glad you are OK.

    XL BGE, Klose BYC, ProQ Excel, Weber Kettle, Firepit, Grand Turbo gasser, and a portable Outdoor Gourmet gasser for tailgating

    San Antonio, TX

  • JohnEggGioJohnEggGio Posts: 1,238
    Dayum!  Sorry to hear of all this - glad all are safe.  
    Maryland, 1 LBGE
  • U_tardedU_tarded Posts: 1,777
    @cookingdude555 you get through this alright?
  • Sweet100sSweet100s Posts: 484
    Glad you are OK Botch.
  • Holy cow. Good luck getting stuff put back in place. Sounds like it could have been much worse.
    Stillwater, MN
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 14,368
    Glad that you're fine and that the trees were the only casualties by you. The downed power lines and the fire could have been far worse. 

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
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