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Old 05-17-2019, 07:50 PM
 
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Old 05-17-2019, 09:56 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in Texas
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Be careful out there Canine*Castle!

Thank you. They truly are scary and after living here nearly 41 years, the storms still freak me out. I do have a storm cellar which gives some peace of mind, though. But, still frightening. Wow! That storm in San Angelo must have been a doozie. I have never seen hail that large.

By the way, my sweet doggy died on May 10. I surely do miss that old girl. Rest easy, Katy.
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Old 05-18-2019, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Green Valley, AZ
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Thank you. They truly are scary and after living here nearly 41 years, the storms still freak me out. I do have a storm cellar which gives some peace of mind, though. But, still frightening. Wow! That storm in San Angelo must have been a doozie. I have never seen hail that large.

By the way, my sweet doggy died on May 10. I surely do miss that old girl. Rest easy, Katy.
Glad to hear that you have a storm cellar, it is good to have that option when the weather gets really nasty. So sorry to hear of the passing of your canine buddy. We lost our little 13 year old wiener dog a year ago in March. Even after 14 months, it still hurts deeply. I know Winnie does not hurt anymore, so that does give me some peace. She was SUCH a good girl!
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Old 05-18-2019, 05:42 PM
 
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Glad to hear that you have a storm cellar, it is good to have that option when the weather gets really nasty. So sorry to hear of the passing of your canine buddy. We lost our little 13 year old wiener dog a year ago in March. Even after 14 months, it still hurts deeply. I know Winnie does not hurt anymore, so that does give me some peace. She was SUCH a good girl!
Thank you. Yes, it is such a deep loss. Katy was 38 days from her 16th birthday. So sorry about Winnie. It's so painful when they go.
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Old 05-21-2019, 02:28 PM
 
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I put in an above ground EF-5 rated Tornado shelter when we first moved to DFW. I would not live here without one. It is the only thing that gives me any peace concerning the weather here. Plus it makes for a nice gun safe LOL

$5k though......blah.
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Old 05-21-2019, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in Texas
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I put in an above ground EF-5 rated Tornado shelter when we first moved to DFW. I would not live here without one. It is the only thing that gives me any peace concerning the weather here. Plus it makes for a nice gun safe LOL

$5k though......blah.
When I had mine installed underground in 1997, it was $4k. Well worth it. I always said I would never live in Texas without one, but I did for almost 19 years. After the Jarrell tornado that wiped out the town and people, that was it for me.

Hey, we got lucky and didn't have what they had north of the area. I hope the rest of tornado season isn't too bad.
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Old 06-19-2019, 05:07 PM
 
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I was not going to post this here, but after thinking it over, I decided to do it so those not from the area can see what a severe thunderstorm looks like in Tucson. My wife was due in to TIA (Tucson International Airport) on the 7:50 pm flight Saturday evening, so I left Green Valley at around 7 pm and had no idea what I would be driving in to. The main rain event was supposed to be on the following day on 05/12/2019. Please have a look if you are interested.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Anm505ba6So
Thanks for posting. That's quite a t'storm! Question for Tucsonites: Do the thunderstorms cause frequent power outages?
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Old 06-19-2019, 06:32 PM
 
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Thanks for posting. That's quite a t'storm! Question for Tucsonites: Do the thunderstorms cause frequent power outages?
NO.

What generally causes power outages in other parts of the country? Trees falling on power lines.

In green Valley, there are a limited number of trees and not many large, heavy ones. Also, in most areas, the power lines are underground and are unaffected by the weather.
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Old 06-19-2019, 07:08 PM
 
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NO.

What generally causes power outages in other parts of the country? Trees falling on power lines.

In green Valley, there are a limited number of trees and not many large, heavy ones. Also, in most areas, the power lines are underground and are unaffected by the weather.
Limited trees and underground lines. All good as far as outages. They are a plague in the midwest, that's for sure. Mostly outages are the result of what you suggested (trees coming down on lines), but also utilities around here (SE MI) don't upgrade their equipment that often, resulting in outages even if there isn't any storm! Very frustrating.
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Old 06-19-2019, 10:47 PM
 
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Limited trees and underground lines. All good as far as outages. They are a plague in the midwest, that's for sure. Mostly outages are the result of what you suggested (trees coming down on lines), but also utilities around here (SE MI) don't upgrade their equipment that often, resulting in outages even if there isn't any storm! Very frustrating.

The other issue in the Midwest is the maintenance of the easements around the power poles. For example, in the Cleveland area, they do not seem to trim the trees from around the wires. Outages seemed to be an almost monthly event during the warmer months. On the other hand, COM-ED in Chicago spends a lot of time trimming the trees around the power poles and the number of outages is relatively small.

Do realize that we DO have occasionally have power outages, usually during periods where they are doing scheduled maintenance. They do have a program where they keep track of people in the area who have emergency medical equipment to ensure that equipment works during shutdowns.
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