Mother Nature Does it Again!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with LKN Realty, LLC 242267

Pine tree that fell on our road 

The wind went from zero to 60 in what seemed like a nano-second.  Our rainy morning welcomed some clearing skies with gusts of winds that made it nearly impossible for me to get my car door open!

They seemed harmless enough.  I sat at my computer about 2pm and while typing away noticed the power flicker on and off several times.  Then, everything went dark and stayed dark.

Electrical Fire in Lake Norman

It's not unusual for us to loose power once in a while but I don't think it has ever lasted more than several hours.  We have a generator sitting in our back shed that has never been used.

Suddenly fire engines were roaring down our normally empty gravel road.  From my window I could see the fire engines.  They had stopped just at the bend in the road.  About that time my husband said he could see flames.

Of course, we got up and quickly walked up the road to find out what was going on!

  Ever since we have lived here people had told us that pine trees were most likely of all trees to blow over.  Now we believe them.

One of our neighbors pine trees had blown over and downed our power lines.

Flames from downed power lines

The fire would turn on and off as the power surged and the broken electrical lines arced.  One minute there would be quiet and the next a large ball of flames.

Unfortunately, all the firemen could do was stand and watch until the Duke Power workers arrived in the middle of the night.

Like most people who live on Lake Norman, we have our own well so when we loose power we also have no water.

As we sat in the dark watching our 4" TV which could get only 3 channels, I couldn't help but think of Ann Cummins, Monika McGillicuddy and others who live in the Northeast and were without power last month for up to 9 days.

It turned out that Duke Power only made our location safe last night so that the firemen could leave and we didn't get our power back until noon today.  It was a long 24 hours!

 

Last night as I was walking back to our house I noticed how beautiful the lake looked.  I walked out on the dock and took some photos.  But, more importantly, I took the time to truly enjoy the moment.  If we hadn't had that fire I would have been at my desk and missed out on this beautiful sunset!

Lake Norman at Sunset

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Robert Powell
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Thanks for the beautiful sunset!

Jan 08, 2009 09:06 AM #1
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Ellie McIntire
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Weather like this makes me really miss Florida. And then comes hurricane season!

Jan 08, 2009 09:07 AM #2
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Leesa Finley
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i was out driving around today and there were a TON Of trees down here.  It got really scary for a little bit last night!

Jan 08, 2009 09:10 AM #3
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Lenn Harley
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Being without power is really rough.  I lost power for three days last March when we had an ice storm. 

This is why I keep about 20 gallon jugs of water.  You just never know.

 

Jan 08, 2009 09:11 AM #4
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Roseann Annis
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Although you were describing a scary and somewhat overwhelming situation in Mooresville, I appreciated seeing Mother Nature at her worst and at her best.  Your photos are exceptional!  Keep safe and, as Lenn suggested above, store away some drinking water for these unexpected power outages.  Please let us know how you are doing.

Jan 08, 2009 09:15 AM #5
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James Engel
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That looked like such a horrible fire. Weather conditions are so bad lately. It's sad that it needed a fire to happen for you to stay home and watch the sunset. We all need to enjoy our lives more often and not let horrible things like that happen In order to do so. Thank you so much for sharing that with all of us. I hope you have a great day!

Jan 08, 2009 09:32 AM #6
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Missy Caulk
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I heard about the storms on TV, didn't realize you were so close to them. Fortunately you are in a milder climate, we would have had to go to a hotel or who knows what.  Lucky you, gorgeous photo of the lake.

Jan 08, 2009 10:17 AM #7
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Monika McGillicuddy
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You live in a beautiful area..that lake shot is fantastic!

Mother Nature is so undependable...all you really know is to be prepared for anything. I'm glad the fires didn't do any major damage to your property!

We had an ice storm yesterday and I was prepared in case we lost power again! Thankfully we didn't!

Jan 08, 2009 11:18 AM #8
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Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
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We have outages once in a while one of the reasons we have a gas log in the fireplace. It's not fun when it's 20 below outside.

Jan 08, 2009 12:34 PM #9
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Wow, this was quite an event.  Glad to hear that everything is under control and your power is restored.

Jan 08, 2009 12:46 PM #10
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Diane - pretty scary stuff. Glad it was no worse and did not spread. Beautiful photo of the lake, BTW.

Jeff

Jan 08, 2009 03:51 PM #11
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William Johnson
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Hi Diane, Happy New Year and thank you for your card. Wow, who'd have thunk it, :). I had not thought that living in San Diego would ever hear me say we sort of live a sheltered life. I forgot what it is like being outside of a city life and the trade off, both the good and the not so good. Sunsets are beautiful, fires not so much. Especially when it happens near you.

The photos are amazing Diane. Happy New Year by the way. This is my first day back in the Rain. I switched to a MAC system and suffered through that for days and days. Working better but the print is so small,I am squinting,lol.

Jan 08, 2009 04:11 PM #12
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Susie Blackmon
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Exciting weather we are having!! No fires here recently, but Wednesday a home slid of the mountain here in Maggie Valley. Very sad story. Stay safe.

Jan 08, 2009 09:07 PM #13
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Diane Aurit
LKN Realty, LLC - Mooresville, NC
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To all, thank you for your nice comments of support.  We are truly lucky that our weather isn't so cold as some of you so we were fine.  Like some, we turned on our gas fireplace which kept everything warm enough for one day.  The fire actually never spread because the firemen were right there.  It was really just the power lines arcing.  So, no danger, just kind of weird!

Jan 09, 2009 01:28 AM #14
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