Powerless & A Force of Nature Hits DFW

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Real Estate Agent with DFW FINE PROPERTIES 0506509

 

 

It started out an ordinary day. I went to Church in Dallas and afterward was going to stop at Half-Price Books when the sky began to darken and change rapidly. There was no warning. I decided to go home. It is only today that I can write about what I experienced on Sunday, June 9 & 10th. 

 

Loneliness isn't something I think about but when you suddenly find yourself and more than 300,000 people without power for 24-hours or more, curiosity, confusion, and loneliness creep slowly. 

 

Basic needs are a necessity but when you don't know how long you'll be without the things you depend on like food, electricity, air conditioning in hot weather, and transportation you think differently.  

 

A community is a pillar of our identity but when nobody knocks and you don't know the extent of the storm to the outside world within your community because all forms of communication stop but you're still breathing, a lot goes through your mind. 

 

Complex questions begin to emerge and the winds and the rain stops. Until my power came back on 24-hours later including Internet connection nearly 30-hours later, I didn't know five electric poles in walking distance to my home were down. Nor did I know that I can't reach the emergency chord because my car practically touches the garage door and the ladder won't fit and placing the ladder next to my car the chord is still out of reach but now I know and I am blessed. I also didn't have any food except perishables inside the refrigerator which everything had to be discarded. And even if I did walk to the stores about five miles away, they didn't have power either.

 

Today, others in part of Dallas are not that fortunate. Many were displaced and some lost their lives when a crane fell through their apartment building. I reached out to Sharon Parisi from ActiveRain. She is okay and this is what she shared it was like in her area:

" Sunday was terrifying.  We went from blue sky to deadly in 15 minutes. Garbage cans, yard furniture, bricks, wood, portable toilets on the job sites, fences, etc. were all displaced.  Then it was back to blue sky."

 

Yesterday the skies were blue today they are grey and more rain is on the way.   

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Michael Jacobs
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Good morning, Patricia - Powerless takes on a new meaning when you experience this type of occurrence.  The "unknown" factor is definitely a part of it.  The image of a blue sky will hopefully be an indication of better times.   

Jun 12, 2019 06:38 AM #1
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Michael Jacobs - Thank you. Based on your comment, I should change my title to "Powerless takes on new meaning." It certainly does! More rain is in the forecast today and I'm about to head out to the City of Dallas. I can anticipate delays with emergency crews still actively trying to restore power to other parts of Dallas. 

I hope all is well in your world. 

Jun 12, 2019 06:58 AM #2
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Nina Hollander
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Hi Patricia... been there done that when an ice storm hit us some years ago... so we "suffered" from isolation and cold... and even with access to a car, it was too dangerous to drive. And I survived several city-wide blackouts in NYC... try walking up 11 flights of stairs with no lights. I can totally relate to what you went through. These kinds of events always bring home just how dependent we are these days on power on communication on transportation.

Jun 12, 2019 07:06 AM #3
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Nina Hollander - This wasn't my first rodeo either but each one is different. I remember blackouts in Chicago and how dangerous and vulnerable it was. NY was hit too. I was a kid, but I remember it vividly. 

Communication is often taken for granted as is the Power of Electricity. 

Jun 12, 2019 07:22 AM #4
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Hi Patricia... I was a kid, too, when the first big blackout hit NYC... for some reason being a kid, it didn't seem to bother me as much. I do remember my mother couldn't get home from work because the subways stopped running! We were less dependent on electronics back then, so I think it didn't feel as bad as it does now.

Jun 12, 2019 08:23 AM #5
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Hi Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - I am so sorry that you and a major part of DFW had to go through this. I have been out of pocket and not kept up at all on the news.  This has always been a fear of mine. As a child, I went through Hurricane Carla and we were without power for a week. 

Jun 12, 2019 08:25 AM #6
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Good morning Patricia. I know what you mean but you are strong and today is another day. My pets always help me.....knowing I have someone else to care about.

Jun 12, 2019 09:25 AM #7
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Glad you made it through. These events are scary when they strike so quickly. A reminder of how strong the force of nature can be.

Jun 12, 2019 10:07 AM #8
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Hi Patricia- I was so busy this weekend that I didn't get a chance to catch any news. I'm glad that you're ok, and hope that power is on for everyone in your area. Larry thinks I'm paranoid but I try to have backups of power sources for my phone so I can be connected if there is cell service. 

Jun 12, 2019 11:00 AM #9
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How very frightening, Patricia. We take much for granted in our daily lives. No matter how prepared we might think we are, ready to deal with an emergency, I'm sure we aren't. The feeling of isolation might be the worst.

Jun 12, 2019 12:14 PM #10
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OMG Patricia that was a nitemare for you and everyone else. I am so happy to hear you're doing ok and are safe and sound. It's a weird feeling to be cut off from everything and everyone. We've been without power during monsoon season but typically it only lasts 4 to 6 hours or so an anyone can get through that. I often think of all of you that are in storm paths and hope that all turns out ok.

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I lost half of the tree in my front yard. It fell across my driveway. Then part of my neighbor's tree fell across my driveway. Fortunately, neighbors from down the street came by with a chainsaw and I was able to get my car out of the garage. We never lost power. Just tree limbs up and down the street.

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Oh no, Patricia, I'm so sorry to hear your story.  However, more than happy that you are okay and learned some important lessons to help prepare better in the future. I loved Michael Jacob's response - "powerless," does take on new meaning...I'm sure you felt that, and also extreme vulnerability. 

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Wow what an ordeal.  I can't believe you don't have some emergency food on hand for times like this!  We live in the country and have months worth of food on hand so we don't have to drive to town every day.

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Oh my gosh, I'm so sorry to hear that you went through such a terrifying time, Patricia! But, I'm thrilled that all is well for you now. These life's experiences really do make us appreciate what we have, don't they? That feeling of powerlessness is not something that we are equipped to handle - naturally. When nature hits though, that's often what we experience. 

Here's to a better week for you!

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