Skip to comments.Lack of power puts damper on July 4 celebrations
Posted on 07/04/2012 4:00:43 PM PDT by NoLibZone
Hundreds of thousands from the Midwest to the Mid-Atlantic were preparing to spend the Fourth of July like America's founders did in 1776, without the conveniences of electricity and air conditioning.
Power outages from Friday's storm altered planned celebrations in a host of ways and left powerless residents grumbling that America's birthday would hardly be a party. Cookouts were cancelled or moved to homes with power. Vacation plans were altered. Some residents without power said they weren't in a holiday mood. And even some whose power had been restored said they had run out of steam to celebrate in the way they had planned.
Friday's storm arrived with little warning and knocked out power to 3 million homes and businesses in states from West Virginia to Ohio and Illinois. Officials blamed 24 deaths on the storm and its aftermath, and power companies in some places estimated it could be the weekend before everyone's power is restored. More than 900,000 homes and businesses remained without power early Wednesday.
As a result, power repairs were taking priority over parties in many parts. At least four planned fireworks displays were cancelled in Maryland because of the outages, with officials saying they couldn't spare police and fire resources for the festivities.
In Rockville, Md., officials called off their celebration because trees and wires were blocking two of the three entrances to the college campus where fireworks were planned. In Gaithersburg, Md., Acting City Manager Tony Tomasello said his city, about 30 minutes north of Washington, cancelled its display because a power company is using its planned celebration location, a fairgrounds, as a staging area for repairs. Hundreds of bucket trucks park there when crews finish their 16-hour shifts, and transformers, gravel and poles are being stored there too.
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I’m sure for the Texas and Arizona folks this is trivial, but here in Indiana we’re running about 100F.
Measured 144F on the deck with my heat gun, and 135F on the brick sun side of the house.
If it is 100F and humid then you have our condolences.
Your right, 100F is a mild day. But that is with about 9 percent humidity. At about 115F we start to complain...and then just go jump in the pool.
I saw that it got up to 109 in South Carolina the other day-—actual temperature, not some kind of index. That’s unreal to me.
There I am at Home Depot earlier today. Not seeing what I'm looking for I ask the check out girl, "Where's the free hot dogs?"
So she says, she says, "Don't have 'em."
I spent a lot of time in Phoenix for work.
100 with 10% humidity in the shade isn’t bad at all.
115 definitely is hot as he!!
Can’t imagine SC at 109 with their jungle-like humidity. (shudder)
Most intense heat I ever experienced was 125° at Lake Havasu in Arizona back in the early ‘90s. I could almost hear the heat sucking moisture from the nearby Colorado River. It is normally around 100° here, with 8% humidity, where I live on the 4th but this year it hasn’t gotten above 85°. The coolest July 4th I can remember. The most uncomfortable temps I have ever experienced though, was 97° in the piney woods of East Texas with 95% humidity at 7 in the morning. Arrhhhhh!!!