Wednesday, January 28, 2009

7:30am Winter Storm Update: The Smell of Burning Rubber

It looks like this storm is starting to wind down (west to east) around the Heartland. Its about time! We've only been dealing with it now for approximately 38 hours!

Power outages are wide spread. Areas from Ellsinore, Missouri to Calvert City, Kentucky (and everything in between) are without power. This is such a large scale disaster!

We just got word that Kennett, Missouri is 85%-90% without power. At last check the entire town of Sikeston, Missouri is without power. There a many, many towns without power at this time. There are most likely over 100,000 people without power.

Main roads last night weren't bad, but they weren't good either. You hear us say it over and over on the TV, "Don't go out unless you have to." As I said last night on the news, "Even if you do have to go out, reconsider it." It is just safer to stay home.

Here was my experience from last night. I got home from work around 2am this morning. When trying to enter my parking lot, all the ice/sleet had created a nice crust. I had to get a head of speed up to try to get up over the curb. Unfortunately, it didn't work. My front tires got caught and I didn't make. After a few worried minutes of trying to get the car out, I could start to smell burning rubber. Hmm... guess my tires were getting a little hot while spinning on the ice when I was trying to rock my car out. The good news... I eventually did get to my parking space. :)

I just looked outside and noticed that we do have some fresh snow on the ground. Our first measurable snow of the year!

How much additional snow did you get overnight?

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