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  •  Well the crews won't even go out until (11+ / 0-)

    the snow and wind die down enough. They've had hurricane level gusting a lot of places. Also odd the Boston FOX channel had a breakdown of communities. Some are blacked out, the next over only 20%. Coastal hardest for the most part but Boston up to 10% in some areas.

    This does remind me of the 3/2003 blizzard here - roads were shut down, health care workers could go to work, but not drive home. This has definitely been an unusual snow year. NOT good for the snow pack and summer drought.

    "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

    by Ginny in CO on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 04:20:55 AM PST

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    •  Isn't there a storm in the Sierra's brewing? (7+ / 0-)

      Is any of that going to bring snow your way?

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      by Onomastic on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 04:59:39 AM PST

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      •  Might get some today and tomorrow (8+ / 0-)

        although the temps are fairly high for it to be snow....

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        by Ginny in CO on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 05:32:13 AM PST

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        •  Howdy neighbor! (13+ / 0-)

          Durango reporting in. (Durango is a 6 hr drive, w/o snow, southwest of Denver).

          Not snowing at the moment, but it looks like it is gonna drop any second. 'They' are predicting 8 inches at my hut, 2 feet at higher elevations today through Monday. That means that another storm is on the way to OK, TX & beyond next week...

          We here in the Rockies are used to this sorta thing. For example--I have electric heat, a propane stove, and a fireplace. I have a BIG snow blower & many shovels. I've got snow shoes and dogs who LOVE snow...

          We don't usually get big winds & drifts with our snow, and that makes a huge difference. But we're used to deep snow. Silverton, CO, just over a couple 10,000 foot passes from us, got 48 inches in 48 hrs last weekend--and that was just the middle 2 days of a 4 day storm! Nothing except the roads over the passes closed.

          Hunker down, New England. Don't overdo the shoveling--you can always do it in a few stints instead of all at once. Taking a break every couple minutes will be good for your back & your heart. Do your best to enjoy Nature's Bounty.

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          by Thinking Fella on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 06:28:39 AM PST

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    •  Some transmission lines are down (15+ / 0-)

      That's why an entire town (or here in RI, the entire East Bay + Aquidneck Island) can go down at once. At least that's what the news reports are saying. Those get priority for repairs, compared to a tree that takes out the lines to one or two houses.

      Thanks to all the states and provinces that have loaned us utility crews + equipment, and hope they're getting double overtime.

    •  Every utility in MA has a graphic on their (7+ / 0-)

      website showing every customer that has lost power, also
      numbers by community. Atty. General lawsuit against them after performance last big storm. They were required to submit plans, if not met, they will be fined big bucks.

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      by CuriousBoston on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 08:56:51 AM PST

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    •  Transmission lines are down... (4+ / 0-)
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      ... in Quincy and Plymouth (which also took down the Pilgrim Nuclear Plant); most of the South Coast/South Shore have major outages.

      Our town up here next to Boston lost about 50%; a tree took down one line, a transformer exploded, and a pole snapped and its wires wrapped around a DPW truck.  

      Since no one was on the roads, the plows all diverted over to the trouble sites, and NStar got everyone's power back overnight.  And then they'll get 4 hours of sleep and head down to the Cape for major restoration.

      If they can get the transmission lines back, all of those "black" towns on the NStar outage map will change rapidly.

      Any word on what's happening with Unitil?  They've been such a mess the past two winters.

      •  Yuck! (3+ / 0-)
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        Coastal MA is such a mixing bowl of mess during these storms. I grew up NW of Boston, but the northshore and the Cape were always under seige during winter.
        Thankfully, the contour of coastal ME tends to shrug it off more easily. So far.

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        by rebereads on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 10:51:27 AM PST

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        •  Mt. Desert Island, here (3+ / 0-)
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          Haven't lost power at all, amazingly ! Still snowing hard and blowing a little less fiercely, but still blowing strong gusts. Have to thank the wind since my car is blown mostly clear - unlike Bill in Portland !

           My cousin is in Wareham, Mass., just before the cape and her power is out, she says they say for a week ! I hope NOT - she has an LP gas fireplace to keep her from freezing up, but that's a long time to be without power.

           A couple of years ago the power Co. here buried the lines coming over the causeway to the Island and that has really made a big difference. Used to be outage every time some one sneezed in the wrong location.

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          by Dvalkure on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 12:34:29 PM PST

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          •  If they can't get the transmission lines up today (3+ / 0-)
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            ... or tomorrow then it'll probably be Tuesday before they can try again.  You can't string what we used to call "High Tension" lines in a rainstorm like the one due Monday.

            Once the transmission lines are up, then they'll start loading the circuit neighborhood-by-neighborhood, so they can detect and fix any more local outages as they go.  5 days is looking pretty much what most of the South Shore/South Coast/Cape are going to be dealing with.

            •  Thanks for the explanation (2+ / 0-)
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              It seemed like a long time, but what you say makes it more understandable.
               She's an EMT/fire dept. volunteer, so she spent time at the firehouse with a generator and she'll have more shifts there to break up the long dark.

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              by Dvalkure on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 01:33:01 PM PST

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