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Undated-AP) -- Storm-ravaged parts of the southeast United States are bracing for more snow and colder temperatures. The mercury is expected to plunge to the teens and 20's in northern Georgia, where more than 100-thousand people are still without power after a weekend ice storm. Crews are working almost round the clock, but some households may not get power restored until tomorrow or Wednesday. Crews in northeast Alabama are slowly restoring power after an ice storm. Authorities say about 14-thousand people remain without power -- down from a high of 33-thousand over the weekend. Another round of snow and ice blitzed North Carolina today, closing schools and causing scores of traffic accidents -- one of them fatal. It's the fourth storm to hit the state in the past week. More snow and ice is in the forecast this week. And next door, there's a winter storm warning for parts of South Carolina.

-- boop (, January 24, 2000


Got preps?

-- JoseMiami (, January 24, 2000.

Hey, It's a down-right blizzard here (12 miles SE of Charlotte NC in Union Co. NC). The power was on and off most of the day (mostly off) and has been completely off since 2000 hours. Temps in the upper 20's, and the wind is hawking (15mph gusting to 35mph-- est.). Snow still coming down, with 11+ inches on the ground. My solar system (small system with only two 12 volt deep cycle bateries)running laptop, lights and TV. Propane heat (hell, feels warmer than my 3 ton heat pump). I (definitely) DON'T REGRET MY PREPS!!!!!!!!

-- PREP'ED (warm_and_cozy@Charlotte.NC), January 24, 2000.

Hey, PREP'ED, after the rush is over (hopefully), can you give me additional info. on your basic Solars. I failed miserably, in my quest.

-- Half A Brain (, January 24, 2000.


If you are lurking I hope you are keeping your liners dry :o)

Good luck folks, sounds like it sucks.

-- Brian (, January 24, 2000.

Prep'ed would also like info on solar power.I'm down here in Columbia,S.C. I didn't get to it before y2k but still want to go solar. Thank you. Oh, haven't seen this much snow in 11 years--isn't that the same time as the sun thing?

-- Curly~Q (, January 24, 2000.

Prep'ed, if it isn't too much trouble, would you add me to the list of solar info. Here in So. Calif, it's sun some 300 days a year. If this isn't convenient to you, that's ok too.

If you are, and I sure don't blame you, go ahead and feel a bit smug having the preps in place and on hand.

-- Richard (, January 24, 2000.

I installed a Ferrari of a solar system last year with 32 Unisolar panels, dual Trace 4024 inverters, 1390 amp-hours@24volt Hup Solar One batteries and a Heliodyne hot waterheating system together with a Trombe wall greenhouse for space heating.. Very pleased with supplier, Northwest Energy Systems out of Bonners Ferry, Idaho Try them, best prices and great technical support

-- solarhermit (, January 24, 2000.


Things coming in handy with all this snow: The extra cords of wood we got..the extra food we have here...the stockpile of puzzles and games for the kids, who get tired of TV very quickly on a snow day.

Thing that did not come in handy: My windshield wipers died on me. :-(

-- kritter (, January 24, 2000.

What's the problem? I don't get it. I thought everybody was told to prep for at least a 3 day snowstorm. I watched on TV and some people don't even have candles. .....................sdb

-- S. David Bays (, January 25, 2000.

boop- it wasn't a high of 33000. it was a high of 400,000 customers that lost power in north ga. i was one of 'em. my y2k preps made things quite comfortable.

-- ribbitt (, January 25, 2000.

What? not pollies banging us preppers over the head on this thread?

-- (formerly@nowhere.zzz), January 25, 2000.

Keen interactive graphics on that nwes homepage!


-- Squirrel Hunter (nuts@upinacellreay.tower), January 25, 2000.

It's 0245 ET and the snow is still coming down here in Durham. I estimate we have at least 8" of snow. Trees are weighed down, in some cases to the ground. Among these is my neighbor's enormous willow oak which is threatening that part of our roof constituting the carport. Branches are resting on electric and telephone lines. Power is out in many areas of the city and I am amazed we still have ours. Perhaps not for too much longer; there are periods of blinking and surging.

There are serious problems, especially with emergency vehicles either stuck or unable to travel safely or quickly. Near-blizzard and white-out conditions are reported from the interstates and expressways. At least one case of hypothermia has occurred from someone getting stuck in their car. Part of the roof of a NCCU building, perhaps a dormitory, has collapsed from the weight of snow.

Despite the implications, the landscape is breathtakingly beautiful. I have put a bowl of critter food under the deck and made sure the under-carport bird-feeders are full. We have lots of wood for the fireplace and solar powered batteriesd to run the waterbed heaters, so we shall stay warm in the event of a power outage.

Here is a late report from WRAL in Raleigh:

Tuesday January 25, 2000 02:38 AM

Six To 12 Inches of Snow Expected In Triangle Area

RALEIGH (WRAL) -- A powerful nor'easter is dumping heavy snow across central North Carolina and parts of Eastern North Carolina, with as much as a foot of snow possible in some areas by daybreak.

As of 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, heavy snow was falling in Raleigh and in areas to the north and west of the city. The Triangle area could see 6 to 12 inches of snow by Tuesday morning. Three to five inches of snow was on the ground in parts of Wake County at midnight.

The largest snowfall in a single day ever recorded at RDU was 10.3 inches on Feb. 18, 1979.

Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said snow should continue falling across the region until about 6 a.m., with snow piling up at the rate of an inch an hour in some locations.

Many areas that had been reporting only rain, such as Cumberland County and Wilson and Rocky Mount, were changing over to snow after midnight. As the morning wears on, the snow line is expected to shift to the east.

Road conditions across the region are hazardous, and visibility is very limited due to high winds and the heavy snow. Authorities urge residents to stay off the roads.

Doppler5000 shows that the precipitation is widespread. Moisture is wrapping around the center of the storm, pulling lots of moisture into the cold air over much of the state.

Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories cover the entire WRAL-TV viewing area and much of the state.

The buildup of ice is causing trouble with power lines. CP&L reported 8,300 people are without power. Crews will work throughout Monday night and Tuesday morning to restore power.

At RDU International, snow and ice are piling up on the runways. Crews are clearing the way, but delays are expected Tuesday. Midway Airlines has cancelled flights at RDU through Tuesday morning. Passengers who have flights leaving Tuesday are asked to contact the airport at (919) 840-2123.

Snow fell much of Monday in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, with reported accumulations of 9 inches or more. Nearby Monroe in Union County was reporting 12 inches on the ground as of 11 p.m. Monday.

The snow that falls should stay on the ground for at least a couple days. Daytime highs won't climb above 40 until Friday or Saturday.

OnLine Producers: John Conway and Michelle Singer and Kamal Wallace

-- Old Git (, January 25, 2000.

I think I'll hunker down here in NJ 'till the morning light... Maybe 'til tha afternoon lite... <:)=

-- Sysman (, January 25, 2000.

Here are some sources within the forum that will help you with alternate energy options of all types plus TB members talking about their experiances.

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-- Brian (, January 25, 2000.

It's now 0700 and I woke up to a wonderfully quiet, pristine and hauntingly beautiful world. We are within sight of a golf course, which rises away from us and is generously punctuated by mature evergreens as well as an interesting assortment of deciduous trees.

Amazingly, we still have power, although the willow oak is pressing even heavier on the electric and phone wires. WRAL is reporting around 300,000 homes without power in their viewing area. They are also reporting, with some awe, I might add, a record 17.9" of snow at Raleigh-Durham airport. I took a good measurement in a sheltered place on the yard (no drifting) and measured 10". I know these depths means nothing to those further north but to those of us in the south, this is serious business.

The snow continues to fall, sometimes driven horizontally by a brisk wind. Estimates are that the snow will continue to fall for at least another two hours.

It's early yet so not much of note from the scanner, except that heavy city vehicles are out collecting doctors and other essential personnel (EMTs, police officers, firefighters, etc.) to take them to their respective workplaces. Some police officers who live out of town are being taken to firehouses to sleep so that they can make it into work at 6 PM.

Sweetie and I and the cats are in very good shape and hope we stay that way. But for many others, this will be a frigid and uncomfortable day.

-- Old Git (, January 25, 2000.

...and moving right up the east coast... assachusetts/Boston/Radar/

Oh boy, used snow. Couldn't you keep it in NC, OG?

-- Brooks (, January 25, 2000.

I was about to leave for work this morning and turned on the weather just before leaving. When I saw a forecast for a foot or so of snow in my area I decided to stay put.

So, the K heater is running so we don't have to use any of that heating oil that will be so expensive to replace.

Preps are great!

-- cgbgjr (cgbg, January 25, 2000.

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