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Wednesday, April 21st, 2004
11:14 pm

It's that time of year again!
What time is that, you ask?

It's Severe Weather Season here in the U.S.!!

And what better time than right now to be having a week-long series of polls, quizzes and votes on twc_aficionados!

"Weather fans, you're not alone!"

Stop in to say hi, and take a brain teaser or two! :)

Current Mood: excited
Friday, September 19th, 2003
5:42 pm
Charlottesville VA 22904 - Fri 19 Sep 5:45 pm ET
The entire University lost power at around 5:30 pm yesterday...around midnight, woke up from a seven-hour nap to walk around Grounds with some friends. Winds were blowing pretty hard...trees bending. Rain would come in bursts. We walked to the McCormick Rd. dorms. Nobody had power. Trees down on both sides of Alderman Rd., as well as on McCormick Rd. and Emmet St. (US-29 Business). Facilities Management crews were working to get all trees down on the street (safely) if they were only partially broken...and mark them with reflective cones. Some people out driving. Traffic lights were still operational on Alderman Rd.

Power just came back on at 5:36 pm ET here...with a loud cry of rejoicing from first-years all over the Alderman dorms (very audible too!). It's been a relief. Finally.

Trees and limbs down throughout Grounds, but most are being cleaned up now. Dining Services kept operating through the storm...changed hours to 7 am to 7 pm. Food was cooked over fire burners with some generators outside powering other equipment... limited food supply but everyone who was hungry was fed, regardless of meal plan.

We walked to The Lawn (in front of The Rotunda) last night at around 1:30 am. Winds were blowing steadily and the rain was coming down pretty hard...The Lawn was mostly flooded, with some grass sticking up above the water...huge puddles everywhere... also, in the time-honored UVa tradition, students were streaking The Lawn (from The Rotunda down to Old Cabell Hall and the statue of Homer).

More updates later, if necessary...
Hope you all had fun!
1:20 pm
Isabel Aftermath, Woodbridge, VA
(This is also posted in my personal journal.)

Here on high ground, we were spared the worst of the damage. Some limbs came down- a neighbor's tree was cracked in half- and a few pieces of siding were blown off some nearby houses. During the height of the storm, some of the wind gusts were strong enough to make the entire house shake- my brother says that's when he first started getting nervous. We lost power for a few hours last night, but electricity is now restored.

Compared to others in the area, we were very fortunate:


The Effects of TS Isabel in the District

Boil/Conserve Water Advisory for Northern VA

Flooding in Northern VA

Current Mood: enthralled
Thursday, September 18th, 2003
9:14 pm
Woodbridge, VA, I-95 Corridor, 9:30 PM
Conditions here are worsening- soaking rains and swaying light poles. We've had a few power brown-outs, but so far things are holding steady.

Current Mood: enthralled
4:41 pm
Charlottesville VA 22904 - 4:45 pm
Change in schedule: I can NOT go home tonight. *sigh* I don't get to drive in the hurricane. Oh well. Power is flickering on and off all through town...there are LOTS of trees down on both sides of US 29 and on other major thoroughfares here. Some flooding of low-lying sidewalks. Winds at around 25 mph gusting to 45-50 mph... still raining. Looks like we're in for a pretty good time.

A couple of the suites here in my residence hall will be *attempting* a hurricane party with movies, etc. tonight...provided power does not go out again.
4:27 pm
Bethesda, MD 4:30pm
Schools and offices are closed for today and tomorrow in Montgomery County, MD. But right now, it's just raining, with occasional wind gusts. The power has flickered off about ten times, but we're hanging on. Watching the window and TV with great interest....

Current Mood: enthralled
3:30 pm
Woodbridge, VA, I-95 Corridor, 4PM Report
Rain began a few hours ago. Gusty winds. Pressure dropping rapidly.

My rheumatoid arthitis is acting up, but despite that, I admit I'm a bit of an enthusiast for this sort of thing. I was in SE VA for Floyd and I have some pretty vivid memories from that experience. I would storm chase if my schedule allowed it, as would HobsonphileBro, who is even more of a weather nerd than I am.

Current Mood: dorky
1:56 pm
Raining Now
Well, she's arrived! It's raining now, and is really starting to get dark. I wanna go home and enjoy the storm, but I'm stuck here at work. *sigh*
1:29 pm
Charlottesville VA 22904 - Storm Track
It's raining moderately here...and very breezy with a stiff wind. The University of Virginia finally capitulated and cancelled classes after 1 pm and all day tomorrow...and is switching to essential services ONLY. I'm looking to get out of here later this evening and go back home to the Northern Virginia/Washington DC metro area, so I can report from there.

Looks pretty nasty. I'll also be driving through the storm tonight...
12:20 pm
Exciting and scary - a Mother Nature Roller Coaster
Hi all! I'm in Maryland, in Frederick County. It's really windy here, but nothing more than a few sprinkles rain-wise. Quite exciting for me, as I *love* storms. Hope everyone will be ok, though. I wish I'd thought to put together a hurricane party, but it's a little late now. :)

Current Mood: bouncy
7:03 am
And so it begins!
It's raining now in the Triangle area...
Wednesday, September 17th, 2003
3:25 pm
3:21 pm
3:15 pm
Tuesday, September 16th, 2003
9:32 am
Projected path as of 09/16/03
Isabel Images from Tuesday, September 16, 2003

Projected path -- North Carolina/Virginia coast around noon on Thursday. Wilmington, NC suffered extensive flooding in 1999 from Hurricane Floyd (category 2 storm) when Floyd stalled and dumped 22 inches of rain in 24 hours.



Man standing next to a water height marker showing the water level in the Virginia area from Hurricane Agnes in 1972. Agnes caused extensive flooding along the eastern seaboard. You can see Hurricane Agnes newspaper photos here.


Current Mood: aggravated
9:15 am
Isabel Images from Monday, September 15, 2003
Cloudbands of Isabel -- taken from a weather service airplane:


Isabel from weather satellite:


Current Mood: discontent
Saturday, September 13th, 2003
12:37 pm
Hi, I'm new... I live in Wilmington, NC which is known for having a magnetic pull for the hurricanes (scientifically proven) and I'm actually really terrified about this hurricane. It will be my first hurricane.. I just wanted to say Hi, and that I joined.
1:00 pm
Sorry about the double post. I'm still getting the hang of this.

Today we went to the store and bought batteries. Yes, the maps look far right to be hitting land...but then, the forecasts have been off to the right by as much as ten degrees.

This thing looks an awful lot like Hugo. It may be weaker than yesterday, but it's still darned strong. I'll be eager to see what the hurricane hunter planes come up with today.

I went through both Fran and Floyd. I'm not thrilled by the prospect of going through this again. Still, we have our water, we have lots of batteries, we have the plan for what we're doing if it should come up as far as Fran did.
12:59 pm
12:56 pm
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