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    Posted July 2, 2012 by
    Charleston, West Virginia
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    Blood Red Derechoe's Red Sky


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     wvhighland9 documents the aftermath of a powerful storm that caused damage to his community in Charleston, West Virginia, on June 29. The storm left wvhighland9 without power for days, and three of his koi fish died as a result. "It was hard to watch them die, and stand by knowing I had done all I could do." He also shares photos of a bright, vivid sunset that occurred after the storm had passed.
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    What an unusual red sky we experienced after the storm on Friday! Never have I seen such a blood red sky!

    On Friday June 29Th 2012 I spent most of the day trying to get past a temporary writers block so that I could complete the second Pathy's Violin book. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Pathy%27s+ViolinI was daydreaming about going sailing the next day at Summersville Lake when out of the blue a tremendous wind shook the house and everything went haywire all at once.

    The weather people defined it as a Derechoe. To me, it was a Tsunami of wind water and debris. Suddenly my writers block was gone and the a chapter quickly closed.

    We live close to the top of a mountain so the winds were fierce. We were fortunate to not have more damage than we did. Others were not so lucky. My brother, who lives within a half mile, had far more severe damage.

    Today, 07/02/12 we still are without power. Gasoline for generators is a little easier to obtain today then for the last three days. Stations could not pump gas because of the widespread power outages. This led to the most disappointing part of the experience for me. I raise Koi and have many large older Koi. Because of the pumps not working and debris blown into the pond I lost three prize fish. One of these was 15 years old and had become almost a friend, if that is possible. It was hard to watch them die.

    I have been trying to save the remainder by keeping the generator going for aeration most of the day. This has been an expensive storm for us in more ways than one. This was to have been our vacation. Our traveling has been put off for we do not have any idea when the power will be restored. I am 63 years old and have been through hurricanes in Virginia and Florida. I have never experienced the wrath of nature any stronger than what blew through these mountains on Friday evening. Closing thought. I also wonder why we never experienced these types of power outages in the past, when I was young, that we have for the last fifteen years. It seems the Electric Companies didn't use to rely on outside help to clear right of ways and restore power like they do in these times. In the 50's and 60's they cleaned the right of ways every summer. Today they clean them mostly after a storm causes a power outage. They could learn a thing or two from Germany. Most of their residential lines are underground  and they seldom have outages. http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/02/opinion/frum-buried-lines/index.html?iref=allsearch

    Update 07/03/12 Still no power, may be Sunday before we do. The Derechoe's Red Sky



    Update 07/04/12

    Yesterday Cabela's brought in Generators to sell, granted they were trying to make a buck, but then when the truck didn't arrive as planned they fed the people who had been waiting in line in the parking lot all through the hot day. This store wasn't even finished. It isn't due to open until August 9th. Some other Corporations could learn about how to build a loyal customer base. My hat off to Cabela's. :)



    Update: 07/05/12


    Our Electrical Service was restored this evening at 9:00 PM

    Sounds good not hear a generator running hour after hour. I highly recommend people to look into having a generator at least large enough to run some lights, refrigerator, and a small window air conditioner for the summer months. In the winter have a stand by heat source. Unless you spend allot of dollars most generators at the big box stores cannot handle a central air unit or a heat pump.

    Solar power is to be considered for most light power requirements. The cost of solar is constantly becoming more economically feasible. I hope you never need to depend on these sources, but sooner or later you most likely will.

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