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#247868 - 07/02/12 02:40 PM Re: "Derecho" Slams DC-Maryland-Virginia (and others) [Re: Dagny]
Russ Offline
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Registered: 06/02/06
Posts: 4914
Fortunately for those in Bethesda, today's DC Weather isn't too oppressive. The humidity doesn't get real bad until those late afternoon T-storms roll thru and then the temps drop significantly. Glad I'm not longer in DC, but I always loved running following a T-storm. The air feels charged and smells sweet with ozone.

#247892 - 07/03/12 04:06 AM Re: "Derecho" Slams DC-Maryland-Virginia (and others) [Re: Dagny]
Dagny Offline

Registered: 11/25/08
Posts: 1916
Loc: Washington, DC
Interesting account in tonight's Washington Post on the collapse of the 911 system in northern Virginia following the storm (72 hours later and its still not back to normal).

Includes info on the cell outage which is still occurring (couldn't even get a two word text message to go through on Saturday in Arlington).


After storm, 911, phone service remains spotty

Fairfax Countyís 911 emergency center operated at just half capacity Monday as Verizon struggled to figure out why both its primary and backup power systems failed after Friday nightís storm and left much of Northern Virginia without 911 service through the weekend.

Callers with medical and safety emergencies caused by soaring temperatures, power outages and downed electric cables received either rapid busy signals, recorded messages saying the line was inoperative or dead silence, even after Verizonís service was restored, local officials said.


#247901 - 07/03/12 12:16 PM Re: "Derecho" Slams DC-Maryland-Virginia (and others) [Re: Dagny]
chaosmagnet Offline
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Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 2946
Loc: USA
This reminds me that it's a good idea to program your phone with the direct
number for your police and fire departments.

#247960 - 07/04/12 04:15 AM Re: "Derecho" Slams DC-Maryland-Virginia (and others) [Re: Dagny]
Roarmeister Offline
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Registered: 09/12/01
Posts: 893
Loc: Saskatchewan, Canada
I had to google the definition. We've been calling them "plough winds" basically a very strong wall of wind that can cause more widespread damage than a rotating tornado.

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