Skip to comments.‘Historic’ storm ramping up as temperatures drop and precipitation increases (Atlanta)
Posted on 02/12/2014 4:45:25 AM PST by Pan_Yan
The potentially devastating winter storm that forecasters and the governor have been warning about for days began unfolding before daybreak Wednesday as temperatures dropped to 32 degrees or below and began freezing the precipitation that returned overnight.
All of the interstates, all of the secondary routes, all of the surface streets, are all iced over, Arum said. Where you are right now is where youre going to be tomorrow morning, theres no doubt about it.
The number of power outages is growing by the minute. Just before 5 a.m., the number of customers in the dark was 2,000. That number climbed to 6,000 at 6 a.m. and 9,000 just 20 minutes later.
Repair crews made a little progress, whittling the number of outages down to 8,200 by 7 a.m., but by 7:30, the number had jumped again to more than 20,000.
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Prayers up for my friend, his family, and his fellow Georgians down south.
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They have it tracked a tad too far to the SE, but otherwise believable.
It's a balmy -8° currently .. NWS has a storm watch out for my neck of the woods (midPA) for up to 8" 'tween tonight and tomorrow night.
Having lived thru many winter storms here in Michigan, I learned the best course of action was to use vacation days and just stay home......
GA FReeper ping.
I really hope we don’t lose power. I’ve got a generator, but I’ve been sick the last couple days and really don’t want to have to deploy it.
Overworked words: Historic. Racist. Transparent. By-Pass Congress. Care. Hope.
Don’t forget to wrap your pipes!
Reporting in from Suwanee, GA - a far NE suburb of Atlanta.
Started as moderate rain in 31 degree temps that alid down a good sheet of ice on everything.
Temps continued to drop, now 28.7 on the porch thermometer.
Steady sleet storm in progress, with about 1 inch of sleet on top of the ice.
The good news right here is that it IS sleet and not rain.
... stay inside.
I spent 30 minutes rapping my pipes with a 4 oz ball peen hammer. hope it helps .!
Usually bumper to bumper at this time I assume?
We’re waiting up here in Fayetteville, NC.
Got 4 inches of snow yesterday but it started with the ground warm so driveways and roads are clear.
Overcast and cold right now. Frozen Precipitation is supposed to start around 11ish.
When it starts and where the freeze/snow line is and how much is all up in the air.
Just realizing that you have a GA ping list....Please add me to it. Thanks. And be safe and get well.
I am listening to wsb on teh interweb and hear that GA state police are accompanying salt spreaders.
Oh, and the Gov has announced that this is not the end of the world.
Our thoughts are with you down there. Best advice stay off the roads for a day.
Some FReeper w/more coffee onboard is gonna have to decipher that one .. LOL
You are a historically transparent racist. I hope our wonderful hard working President continues to bypass congress so we can help the little guy for a change instead of big businesses. Because I care.
Did I get everything? What did I win? (I just threw up in my mouth a little)
Here is the map to watch. It is the Georgia Power map of outages state wide and local. Zoom in to find your area.
I have a 5500 Watt Generator but haven’t spun it up in a while. I’m glad I ran all the gas out of it when I put it up. If I have to pull it out, I’ll have to wire in a transfer switch to my 110V gas heating system. Know how to do it, but not looking forward to it.
One thing I got 2 weeks ago is a Mr. Heater Portable Buddy 9000BTU propane heater. I LOVE that thing. Heats my basement up where I’m at my computer pretty good. I have the extension hose that allows you to connect it to a 20 lb propane tank. Got it on Amazon for $85 free shipping....
20+ miles of three lanes each direction. By 8 am on a weekday it should be standing room only.
Draw some water. Fill the bathtub with water. It will come in handy if your electricity goes out.
Practice, practice, practice! Soon you'll be performing with these guys!
we will all be looking forward to how this ice-storm is a result on global warming on MSNBC. Hope to see Al Gore finally “Esplain” the theories.
You said wrap your pipes. Heh heh... (Beavis and Butthead)
Everyone watch for carbon monoxide gas when using your temp heaters.
I notice the Georgia Power map is not starting to show single outages with 800 to 1400 homes in a single outage. This is going to progress as reposts will begin to stack up.
5kw generator has been checked, extra cases of water purchased at Wal-Mart last night - making a triple batch of Chili for supper. Woodpile is covered and the fire place ready to go.
Added bonus - our greater neighborhood is near a main line and our subdivision utilities are underground. Most we’ve been out of power was around 18 hours.
We also have backpacking stoves that we’ve used for cooking.
And when all else fails - we’ll fire up the Weber in the backyard and grill some burgers.
Thanks for the link.
I have peeps in Roswell and in Decatur so I have my eyes focused.
The ice isn’t a problem in the Phoenix valley right now.
In that case, I’d submit your picture to the local museum and call it “Ice = Peace and Quiet”.
Speaking of this late in the season, was talking to my son in law yesterday about putting taps on the maples this weekend. It is getting late in the season.
BTW, Mike Morris, the author of the article, is a friend. He's been with the Urinal-Constipation for close to 30 years.
You must have a well and pump, right? If I am on city water, it still works when electricity goes out.... right?
One of our customers has an office on NE Peachtree. Also Atlanta is home to the global warmed The Weather Channel. Looks like a lot of overtime there for some on set.
Ping to post 33.
Generally yes. They probably have an elevated water tank and pumps on a generator.
No, we have city water but....
Sometimes during real bad storms the power flickers at the treatment plant and they issue a don’t drink warning for a little while.
The water battles are the size the kids take to school and drink around the house anyway so we stock up when bad weather threatens.
Glad to see that tens of thousands of people without power and billions in lost commerce are less important that some former half term governor getting birthday wishes. Now that's Front Page News.
While they say they're rated for indoor use, they are full of disclaimers saying not to use it inside your actual living space (good for garages, tool sheds, etc...). You really should have some good ventilation for that unit.
You won OBAMACIDE! You lucky thang, you!
You don’t want those pipes freezing, you know... :-)
In an open basement, it’s not a problem. There is enough outside air infiltration (I have an insulated boat door) and it has an oxygen sensor and I also have a carbon monoxide detector. I also do not leave it alone unattended.
The Georgia Power outage map (link in post #21) now shows 59,000 customers without power in the state. And I got a call from my wife; that would include my house.
I refreshed the page. Now it’s up to 65,000 customers without power in Georgia.
Bummer! I hope it’s a big outage causing your power loss, so it goes up the priority chain.
BTW, did you take the pic in the replied-to post? Where is that on Peachtree? And what time taken?
I do hope Mayor Muhammed managed to stay away from Europe and Davos for this storm?
Suggest you get an electrician.