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Old 07-01-2012, 01:35 PM   #136
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We had a tornado or damned-near a tornado hit Winchester, VA on Friday night. We had winds that were straight on at 100 miles an hour. Lost power on Friday night, but it came back up later in the night. Yesterday, the electric company said that 14,000 people were still without power, countless others without Comcast TV/Internet. Comcast gave no timeline of when service would be restored.

Fox News also reported that at least 14 people were confirmed dead from the storms and they were searcing for others in damaged apartments/townhouses, etc... Very bad and we are hearing rumors that this is the second most destructive storm Winchester has ever gotten, with most of the town sustatining damage of some kind..downed power poles, stop lights, etc...

I live next door to my dad and between the both of us, we had 3 trees come down. Spent all day yesterday sawing wood and then half of the evening burning the huge brush pile that had accumulated from the cleanup. We were lucky that our homes and vehicles did not sustain damage, only the trees and some fencing that was torn down..

More high temperatures this week and another threat of serious storms maybe mid-week.
Sorry to hear about that. Thoughts and prayers for you guys, and anybody in need of services, up there.
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We had a tornado or damned-near a tornado hit Winchester, VA on Friday night. We had winds that were straight on at 100 miles an hour. Lost power on Friday night, but it came back up later in the night. Yesterday, the electric company said that 14,000 people were still without power, countless others without Comcast TV/Internet. Comcast gave no timeline of when service would be restored.

Fox News also reported that at least 14 people were confirmed dead from the storms and they were searcing for others in damaged apartments/townhouses, etc... Very bad and we are hearing rumors that this is the second most destructive storm Winchester has ever gotten, with most of the town sustatining damage of some kind..downed power poles, stop lights, etc...

I live next door to my dad and between the both of us, we had 3 trees come down. Spent all day yesterday sawing wood and then half of the evening burning the huge brush pile that had accumulated from the cleanup. We were lucky that our homes and vehicles did not sustain damage, only the trees and some fencing that was torn down..

More high temperatures this week and another threat of serious storms maybe mid-week.
Tornados are so horrible, I'm sorry man hope and praying for everyone involved
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Looks like a derecho, we've had them here before, crazy stuff.

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just got power back last night. 87 degrees in my house yesterday.
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Still waiting for power here. One of the few times I'm super thankful to go to work in the AC. Have to say, I've been reading the Dominion power Facebook page and have never seen a bigger bunch of whining in my life. People act like all these workers are doing is sitting on their asses. The state is in a state of emergency, those people need to lay off Dominion, BARC, Appalachain. Jeez.

It's hot and it totally blows, but there's nothing that can be done right now...
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Still waiting for power here. One of the few times I'm super thankful to go to work in the AC. Have to say, I've been reading the Dominion power Facebook page and have never seen a bigger bunch of whining in my life. People act like all these workers are doing is sitting on their asses. The state is in a state of emergency, those people need to lay off Dominion, BARC, Appalachian. Jeez.

It's hot and it totally blows, but there's nothing that can be done right now...
Truth! Man I feel horrible for the Dominion workers, thats not easy work. Saw Dominion contractors up from Alabama, Georgia and North Florida. Thats along drive to work out in 100 degree weather for 10 hours. People need to relax.

I can take the power out, Im just super thankful no damage to the house, car and myself.

People sense of entitlement and general complaining is just sickening these days.
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Absolutely. They are acting like it's a personal attack against them. My only advice to them via Facebook is that if you're a highly qualified electrician then you may criticize. Until then, the scope of this thing is so out of control, do you really think they have details of the 300,000 of us left without power?

Anyway, it's been brutal in the house. Love my mother-in-law to death, but I wanna' go hoooooooooooome.
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Still waiting for power here. One of the few times I'm super thankful to go to work in the AC. Have to say, I've been reading the Dominion power Facebook page and have never seen a bigger bunch of whining in my life. People act like all these workers are doing is sitting on their asses. The state is in a state of emergency, those people need to lay off Dominion, BARC, Appalachain. Jeez.

It's hot and it totally blows, but there's nothing that can be done right now...
Well I can't speak for Dominion, BARC, etc. I can only speak for PEPCO. And...well they get no sympathy from me. If they were better prepared in lesser situations I'd be sympathetic to their plight right now. But time and again they fail to deliver in what should be the most minor of situations. So I honestly don't give a flying **** what they're suffering through right now. Fix the damn problem, it's your ****ing job. If you can't go do something else
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Well I can't speak for Dominion, BARC, etc. I can only speak for PEPCO. And...well they get no sympathy from me. If they were better prepared in lesser situations I'd be sympathetic to their plight right now. But time and again they fail to deliver in what should be the most minor of situations. So I honestly don't give a flying **** what they're suffering through right now. Fix the damn problem, it's your ****ing job. If you can't go do something else
The guys out in the heat restoring power aren't the ones making the decisions that leave the company ill prepared for these types of situations.
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The guys out in the heat restoring power aren't the ones making the decisions that leave the company ill prepared for these types of situations.
I don't care who's to blame. **** them all
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Well I can't speak for Dominion, BARC, etc. I can only speak for PEPCO. And...well they get no sympathy from me. If they were better prepared in lesser situations I'd be sympathetic to their plight right now. But time and again they fail to deliver in what should be the most minor of situations. So I honestly don't give a flying **** what they're suffering through right now. Fix the damn problem, it's your ****ing job. If you can't go do something else
Ive read several places they are not doing a good job and were moving extremely slow. Dominion always seems to be fairly organized and very resourceful when dealing with outages. Thats coming from someone who was without power almost 5 days straight last year from the hurricane. Good company imo.

Pepco seems lost and then theirs this: Pepco Lobbyists Visited D.C. Officials Almost 100 Times In 2011 | NBC4 Washington
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The guys out in the heat restoring power aren't the ones making the decisions that leave the company ill prepared for these types of situations.
I whole-heartedly agree with this, but can sympathize with SS's view as well.

Those in charge of Pepco are shooting themselves in the foot yet again:
Pepco wants to stick customers with cost of arguing its upkeep was fine - The Washington Post

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Pepco wants to stick customers with cost of arguing its upkeep was fine
By Robert McCartney, Published: July*4

If you weren’t already furious at Pepco for leaving you sweating in the dark for longer than justified, here’s a little background story that will have you cursing in no time. Fortunately, it could have a happy ending, and one with a lesson in civic activism for Northern Virginia residents showing fresh signs of discontent with their utilities.

As you already know if you’ve been following the issue, Pepco’s past greed and incompetence are at least partly responsible for the large scale and lengthy duration of the outages following Friday’s storm.

The company, which operates in suburban Maryland and the District, systematically sacrificed reliable service in order to hold down expenses and thus fatten shareholders’ dividends. In particular, it neglected tree-trimming and equipment upgrades, according to a landmark ruling in December by the regulators at the Maryland Public Service Commission.

“We’re paying the price now of the neglect of the system over many years,” said Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner (D-Potomac-Bethesda), who in his other career is a lawyer specializing in utility regulation.

But here’s the new outrage: In its current case before the state commission, requesting a $66*million rate increase, Pepco is arguing that it should not be penalized a dime for its past shortcomings — even though its public-relations message has been that it’s learned from previous mistakes.

Moreover, in a move that ought to win it an award for chutzpah, Pepco is justifying $2.5*million of the new rate request to cover its costs for outside lawyers and consultants in the case decided against it in December.

In other words, Pepco wants the same customers who have been suffering the effects of its inadequate upkeep to pick up the tab for experts who argued — unsuccessfully, thank heaven — that its reliability was fine all along.

“They just seem to be tone-deaf. They don’t understand that there is any price to be paid for their imprudent conduct,” said Stanley Balis, special counsel for Montgomery, who has been battling Pepco before the regulators.

Now here’s why the story could end happily. To its credit, the commission has signaled that it won’t go along with Pepco’s foolishness. When the commission fined Pepco a record $1*million in the December decision, it warned that it was only a start.

The regulators said then that they would reduce Pepco’s future rate requests by whatever amount the company was belatedly spending to make up for its earlier, irresponsible underinvestment. Montgomery and other critics estimate that the result could be that Pepco forgoes rate increases totaling $20*million to $30*million.

If the rate increase is reduced substantially when the ruling is issued this month, it would be a welcome sign that sustained popular outrage can make a difference in holding utilities to account where it matters: the bottom line.

The fact is that Maryland regulators turned tougher on Pepco only because popular discontent boiled over after the company’s dismal performance in 2010’s Snowmageddon and summer storms.

Politicians got the message and passed a state law in 2011 requiring regulators to tighten performance standards and increasing financial penalties for utilities that fall short.

It isn’t clear yet whether the new law will have much impact in dealing with the most recent outages. In the long run, however, it should push Pepco, Baltimore Gas and Electric, and others, to do better.

The Maryland saga since 2010 offers an example to Northern Virginians if they want to crack down on their utilities. Verizon, in particular, is a target after it didn’t have adequate backups in place to keep 911 service running.

Moreover, some in Fairfax County are taking the rare step of criticizing Dominion Virginia Power after Friday’s storm. Supervisor John W. Foust (D-Dranesville) was shocked at Dominion’s slowness in sending crews to fix outages in large parts of his district.

“This is unlike anything I’ve seen before. Constituents are very upset,” Foust said Tuesday. “I’m generally a fan of Dominion’s response, and I’ve sung their praises in the past. I’m just really disappointed with the response this time.”

So, Northern Virginians, learn from your neighbors. Demand that authorities use financial penalties to push for better performance from regulated utilities. It will probably require years to get results, but it’s the only tool with a chance of success.
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^ thats just retarded and criminal imo
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Old 07-05-2012, 05:08 PM   #150
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Ok this is just getting crazy.
We have had less than an inch of rain in the last 30 days.
Its 92 here again. The roads outside of town are buckling because of the heat.
104 at my sister in laws house outside of Chicago.
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