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Unread 12-05-2007, 05:02 PM   #1
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PNW people, did you survive that storm?

To the folks in the Pacific Northwest, did you survive the 130 mph winds, power outages, flooding, etc, etc....do you have power back so you can read this? And if so, what was it like?

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Unread 12-05-2007, 05:12 PM   #2
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I made it just fine. Being in Mt Rainier's armpit pretty much dampens the effects of any storms we get. Ironically, everything due west, south and north of me gets hammered. I was in Seattle on Saturday and it just started snowing like crazy in a matter of minutes.

The biggest story has been the 20 mile stretch of I-5 closed as well as the Amtrak rails. I've seen it flood in that area before but never quite this bad. Lots of pics here: http://www.komotv.com/weather/photos
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Unread 12-05-2007, 05:14 PM   #3
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Some of those pics are crazy
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Unread 12-05-2007, 05:15 PM   #4
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It rained pretty good for a day and a half straight, there was a lot of flooding but the winds had pretty much died down when they got to my area. A lot of places did get hammered, but it was business as usual for me.

I did drive through and around some areas that had substancial flooding though.
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Unread 12-05-2007, 05:16 PM   #5
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There's a Ford dealership right next to the interstate... they used to have a GT40 in the showroom from time to time. I wonder if they moved it?
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Unread 12-05-2007, 05:24 PM   #6
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I got about 6 inches of snow on Sunday, but as soon as it warmed up it turned into heavy rain and it all melted. Water pooled up on some of the roads, but I'm at a high elevation... I couldn't imagine what it would have been like in the lowlands.

The wind was scary... nature sure can put you in your place.
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Unread 12-05-2007, 05:33 PM   #7
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My parents only got an inch of rain, but they live up in the San Juan Islands.
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Slept right through it.
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Unread 12-05-2007, 07:00 PM   #9
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Unread 12-05-2007, 07:12 PM   #10
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To the folks in the Pacific Northwest, did you survive the 130 mph winds, power outages, flooding, etc, etc....do you have power back so you can read this? And if so, what was it like?
I'm willing to bet that the people who didn't survive won't respond to this thread.
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Unread 12-05-2007, 08:00 PM   #11
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Everyone's fine in my neck of the woods. The biggest winds were on the Oregon coast. The national news reported yesterday that I-5 was closed from Seattle to Portland...lol. The local news geniuses are trying to sell it as a huge disaster. I-5 down Chehalis way might be closed longer than they are saying. It seems that in some areas where the water has receded enough for visual inspection, the road bed is gone from underneath the road. People down that way are pretty self-sufficient; if you hear any crying for FEMA it will be from the liberal politicians.
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Unread 12-05-2007, 08:01 PM   #12
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At my house, the power went out because the last major wind storm (up to 90mph winds) had knocked a branch onto the wires and had enabled the wire sheathing to melt and rub back and forth on each other.

My surge protectors in my den popped and fried my roommates XBOX 360, the router and modem for internet, the dishwasher is toast and lost shingles off my roof.

My Grandma's house flooded (she lives less than 200 feet from the Chehalis river) flooded and ruined the carpet. My Grandpa's house (right next to Grandma-they're divorced but still live within 500 feet of each other) flooded also and what sucks is that it was just built. What really sucks is that his dog drowned (miniature Dachshund) because it was too short.

My Dad works for roads and transportation (Roads and Transportation Service=RATS )and he was having to film the severely flooded roads for the Roads department and everything was really bad.

There was three cars in the ditch not too far from the University I go to and one (a Taurus) had nosed into the ditch and had its end sticking out of the ditch and was 50% in the air. Also, along one of the main drags past campus 75% of the alder trees had lost their tops and looked as if someone had blown them off with dynamite.
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My Grandma's house flooded (she lives less than 200 feet from the Chehalis river) flooded and ruined the carpet. My Grandpa's house (right next to Grandma-they're divorced but still live within 500 feet of each other) flooded also and what sucks is that it was just built. What really sucks is that his dog drowned (miniature Dachshund) because it was too short.
What really sucks is that in '03 when that bill for a .05 gas tax was passed (as if WA doesn't have some of the highest gas prices in the country already), $30 million went to the county to prevent the river from flooding.

Well, since no one could figure out how to do that (your elected officials and tax money hard at work) the funds went elsewhere.

If I lived down there, I'd be head-hunting right now.
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Unread 12-06-2007, 12:01 PM   #14
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My parents live 6 miles inland from Newport Oregon. They have a weatherstation on top of the house. Wind recorded at 106mph. Had to be much highr right on the coast. I've been listening for all the reports of looting and rescue helicopters being shot at, Any updates?
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^^I have family in Lincoln City...125mph winds in town and several down trees, power poles, etc. Minimal flooding.
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