Craig L (blipvert) wrote,
Craig L
blipvert

ice storm, day 3: the thaw

Driving to work was a bit of an adventure this morning as several of my usual roads were diverted around fallen trees and power lines. We have been told to expect much more of this due to rapid melting from today's sharp rise in temperature (60°F or 16°C today, up from just above freezing yesterday). I observed many homes with crushed roofs, makeshift tarpaulins covering gaping wounds, and many, many damaged cars.

Roughly half of my colleagues are yet without power, and official forecasts for restoration are vague at best. One week maybe two, if the weather holds. It is a fact mentioned casually in conversation and evokes no special response beyond a sympathetic look and perhaps a pat on the arm.

Our fridges here at work have been packed to overflowing with perishable foods from homes with no working power. Most people keep generators but a few were caught out by the ferocity of the storm in places not normally affected. One person who works in my area owns two generators; both had failed.

New Englanders are no strangers to weather, and take this sort of thing well in stride, with a stiff upper lip and characteristic wry humour. Very few absences today and, to my knowledge, none related to the storm.
Tags: greetings from paradise
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