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For those not in [ profile] seattle, here was part one of the fun & excitement today.

Part two deserves its own post later, truly an unexpected once-in-a-lifetime moment I am going to document well and make sure my grandkids know about it.
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As luck would have it, the phone rang at the same time I came back in the house with my mocha fixings announcing an all clear from mom. Between repeated windstorms and blizzards since mid-December, I've had more than enough concerned relatives weather drama and I think my family has too.

First round mocha is pretty good, underestimated one ingredient that will be fixed with hte next. ++++ Ghirardelli white chocolate powder sample + dark syrup, in the past I used Hershey's Good Night Hugs & Ghirardelli sweet cocoa powder and the difference is incredible.
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My mom was wise and got a cell phone plan that actually works from her house in the boonies, just in time for Windstorm II! This one has blown a 20' branch off one of her trees (thankfully it missed the house) and her power & landline are once again history. Email alerts to her sisters in California and Colorado have been sent and I remain in 'please stand by' mode for an all clear.

I should probably run out and get my alcohol and start experimenting with my mocha proportions now, I have a feeling I'm going to need them.
twilight33: (OMG)
From, "Bitterly cold air will launch a full-scale invasion of the U. S. tomorrow, beginning with the Pacific Northwest."

In other news, my husband's car decided to break last night shortly after I wrote about getting an espresso machine. Oh well... I like classy ghetto mochas (1 pump Ghirardelli, 2 cups coffee, dash of milk) just fine so I'll bide my time until we no longer have preschool tuition to pay in September. A dark secret of mine is back in the mid 90s when I was in the San Francisco corporate rat race, I made ghetto mochas all the time since hot cocoa mix & Peet's were free at each company I worked for!
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... and that's exactly what PSE took along with a cherry picker and mass quantities of people & floodlights and went to work with much yelling over the equipment noise. Mom said that some lines were already up by the time she got home from our place yesterday afternoon before dark, but she watched the real excavation take place over the next 6 hours in the dark. Power is on and apparently holding steady although her phone took longer to come back.

Also, her neighbor with the tree in the garage? Behind the garage are bedrooms that were also hit. Someone had an idea about an hour before the tree fell in to move all their mattresses in the living room, the center of the house.

The 5-year-old's boxspring was destroyed by the tree.


Dec. 15th, 2006 09:02 am
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It's been a tense hour for my aunts & I, but mom finally got a hold of me from a neighbor who didn't have a tree through his garage. Another neighbor wasn't so fortunate, but thankfully her place is ok.

Probably no power for days due to numerous trees down on power lines within walking distance of her house, but all things considered they could be worse. We will certainly celebrate festively tomorrow here at our home.
twilight33: (Husky blend)
I know that we are fortunate to have power when half of the city doesn't right now.

Our only damage appears to be a 3" scratch in our dining room window (probably from whatever I heard hit), walking around outside showed the roof and everything else intact. Basement didn't let in more water. Our neighbors' houses appear to be fine & so is our street at least a block in either direction.

My husband came back from the office, literally dead there & the schools are closed.

I'd be happy if I could get a hold of my mom, but both her landline & cell phones aren't responsive. I am hopeful all is well, and it's time for coffee.


Dec. 15th, 2006 01:21 am
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Wet floor near the basement door, yet the doorframe is bone dry (?) I've gone around the perimeter and everything else seems to be dry, bath towels are fine for now. Still edgy and can't sleep.

Bang bang

Dec. 15th, 2006 12:38 am
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I just heard *something* hit the house hard, just not certain what or exactly where and it's too dangerous to go outside. Since nothing is protruding from the ceiling & nothing is leaking, I'll assume all is intact.
twilight33: (Default)
To: 2 massive firs about 25' from our house

From: Me

Subject: Remaining upright

You can doooo eeeit!!!!

I'm not sure why we have power when we're squarely in the map of the estimated 53,000 85,000 City Light customers who don't, but mine is not to question why. I am very saddened by this and thankful for our well-finished basement :(

Seattle Times - UPDATED 9:19 PM Thursday
Seattle woman dies after being trapped in flooded basement

A Seattle woman died after spending eight minutes in rising water after she became trapped in her basement while the room flooded, according the Seattle Fire Department.

The woman was stuck in the windowless utility room of her home in the 500 block of 30th Avenue East after floodwaters blocked the only door out and the water inched toward the ceiling, spokeswoman Helen Fitzpatrick said.

Firefighters pulled the woman out at about 5:30 p.m. by cutting a hole in the floor of the room above and pulling her through the ceiling of the basement.

Medics began CPR after the woman was rescued. She was transported to Harborview Medical Center, Fitzpatrick said. She died later Thursday evening.


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