Monday, October 29, 2012

Sandy Open Thread



Before a rogue tree takes out my power for an extended period of time, I wanted to set up an open thread in the comments of this post for people to share Sandy-related updates from around Silver Spring. This could include power outages, restorations, openings, closings, etc. Also, if you've got any interesting storm pics, send them to me via email or Twitter, or tweet them with the hash tag #sssandy.

Personally, the one thing I hope to get out of this storm is the opportunity to finally break out my fancy wellies that I purchased last year, but which until last night sadly still had the tags attached.


Good luck and Godspeed!



65 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've lived in DTSS almost 4 years now (through Snowmageddon/Snowpocalypse, through the Derecho) and happy to say I have never once lost power. Will Sandy break the streak?

Oh and OT, but the other day I was walking by La Malinche and some folks were coming out (looked like the new owner with some contractors). I asked them about an opening date and one of them said they were planning on opening November 1, though maybe now that deadline will be pushed back.

wombat said...

Anonymous, I would love to know exactly where you live, because I've lived in downtown Silver Spring for over ten years and my power goes out if the weather so much as looks cross-eyed at us.

I also have some nice boots I bought last year and never got to use, but that is not enough to make me enjoy this. They have me totally terrified that I am not even safe in my house at this point.

Anonymous said...

JEEZ PEOPLE!! its RAIN! this is going to be a flop and a half

Sure we'll lose power, but we lose power when someone sneezes and a single cloud passes over the sun

This is exactly why I hate living in the DC area (man I can't wait to move out) People freak out waaaay to much. Its RAIN!!

There will be a little wind and a little rain, but people need to quick scratching their vages and grow a pair. This is exactly the %47 mitt romney is talking about. people who would rather call out of work than suck it up for a little rain. 47%? more like 80%

Anonymous said...

To wombat--Twin Towers.

Anonymous said...

The high rises in DTSS (like TT, which is across the street from a big Verizon building) rarely lose power. Same with the Ellsworth retail (during one of the big snowstorms we watched a bunch of movies at the Majestic, where it was warm and dry!). The residential areas just outside the business district lose power quickly and rarely get it back for days.

wombat said...

That is what I've observed, but I'm still hopefully looking for a charmed block that never loses power where I could buy a house and sell this one, so I always ask.

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Alice said...

for anyone who needs last minute goods: the Veridian Market Wine stays open even when they lose power because they have a generator. I was just there and they were very well stocked! Stay safe everyone!

wombat said...

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Anonymous said...

Thanks Alice! Now I have another reason to love Veridian Market. Amazingly the power is still on in this area of South Silver Spring.

ES said...

I am really craving Starbucks right now (I know, priorities), but I'm pretty sure the one on Ellsworth is closed. Can't wait for this storm to be over.

Anonymous said...

Even though there appeared to be no flooding or damage, MNCPPC park police had Sligo Creek Parkway closed in both directions, at least around Dennis Avenue. I've never seen that part of the creek flood out to the road, although it does down below Wayne Avenue in bigger storms.

aims said...

I was at the Giant in the Blairs' shopping center about an hour ago, they were open and had just received a delivery of water, all the shelves were pretty well stocked. Starbucks was open. Caribou was open at the time, as well as Mamma Lucia's (Far East and Crisp and Juicy closed).

Anonymous said...

Lotus Cafe is open (the Vietnamese restaruant behind Jackie's on Selim Rd.). We went there around 1:30 and had some delicious Pho. That hot soup is the perfect thing on a pre-hurricane afternoon.

Anonymous said...

There will be a little wind and a little rain, but people need to quick scratching their vages and grow a pair

You are incorrect. Wind gusts up to 75 mph tonight (predicted by NOAA) combined with heavy rain and saturated soil soil are are nothing to take lightly--unless you live in a protected highrise not near trees. And while you might not be directly affected by falling trees or flying debris, you will certainly feel it when you try to go about your 'normal' business during the days following the storm.

Anonymous said...

does anyone else seem to think this is all rediculous? have any of you ever been through a little rain? this will pass and we'll all be looking back saying "well we freaked out over nothing"

Anonymous said...

"You are incorrect. Wind gusts up to 75 mph tonight (predicted by NOAA) combined with heavy rain and saturated soil soil are are nothing to take lightly--unless you live in a protected highrise not near trees. And while you might not be directly affected by falling trees or flying debris, you will certainly feel it when you try to go about your 'normal' business during the days following the storm. "


umm...thats presuming the predictions are accurate. probably be no worse that 30 mph winds....nothing to get too worried about. we had 45 mph gusts just last week. i dont remember people freaking out then.

Anonymous said...

umm...thats presuming the predictions are accurate. probably be no worse that 30 mph winds....nothing to get too worried about. we had 45 mph gusts just last week. i dont remember people freaking out then.

There is a difference between being concerned and proactive and "freaking out". I'm looking outside my house window now and see 80' tall X 50' wide trees swaying steeply in the wind gusts. Just a little wind and rain? Maybe...but maybe after it is sustained for 24-36 hours with saturated soil, some of these trees will not make it, like the ones already stressed from droughts, snowmageddons, derechos and the like. Hopefully none will fall on your home.

Anonymous said...

Things are starting to look a little more dicey out there. I was planning on making a run over to Parkway Deli to see if they are open for some early dinner but I'm not sure I want a branch to fall on my head. Dang...too bad I don't have a helmet!

Anonymous said...

There will be a little wind and a little rain, but people need to quick scratching their vages and grow a pair.

I don't know what my genitals have to do with the weather, but I do know you're a sexist jerk. I hope you do get to move out of the area. Soon.

Anonymous said...

Agree with wombat - I've lived in DTSS for almost 5 years and we've lost power when there was a slight wind gust, except Snowpacalpyse (whew!). We lost power for 5 days during the derecho!

Be safe everyone!

Anonymous said...

went to Giant at the Blairs a little while ago and they even have the Starbucks open! made sure to tip the server, says he had to walk to the store from down the street since they cancelled the RideOn Bus!! if you get a drink from him, make sure you tip him too! stay safe everyone!

Anonymous said...

As terrible as the complex is, Summit Hills rarely loses power. I've been here for Irene, the derecho, and now this, and lost it for a grand total of 3 hours one day. The husband and I went on some errands and came back to a fully-lit apartment.


So if electricity is a priority and safety is not, come on down! Small dogs now accepted.

Anonymous said...

ANYONE know if mcgintys is open? QHT?

The majestic?

Sligo said...

I know the majestic and Mcgintys are closed

Anonymous said...

As of 7:30pm

Mcgintys is closed. Majestic is closed. AFI is closed.

Giant at the Blairs is open. Lennox Wine and Beer are open. Wayne ave beer is closed. A few people appear to be in Rays still but it looks like they are prepping to shut down.

All of the chain stores on Ellsworth are closed. CVS in the downtown is closed. CVS in the blairs is closed.

WSC is closed.

Clancy said...

"As terrible as the complex is, Summit Hills rarely loses power."

I live across the street from Summit Hills and curse them every time we lose power. The parking lot and sidewalk lights seem to be taunting us every night we don't have power. One year, though, the exceptionally powerful lamps over there were great to read by through my bedroom window.

Anonymous said...

I don't want to jinx myself here but I am REALLY surprised we still have power over here in the Rock Creek condo area. We lost our internet service for a few hours this afternoon but Comcast already has it back on. Pleasantly surprised.

Anonymous said...

Rock Creek and a Blair checking in here. We are AMAZED that this area still has power. A transformer blew outside, but the majority appear to have power. PEPCO must have improved something.

Anonymous said...

Many of us in SOECA neighborhood (just north of downtown) have power, it's a miracle.

Anonymous said...

yawn...this has been a snoozer of a "storm"....can anyone say OVERBLOWN HYPE!

Sligo said...

Tell that to New Yorkers.

Anonymous said...

as someone from Jersey...id be GLAD to tell them that.

DarreninAmerica said...

Never lose power at Blair East, but I always assumed there was a back up generator or something?

Was in Mamma Lucia, Giant and CVS around 6:30 tonight.

Is this one going better because more people took it seriously in advance than usual? Am I alone in being really relieved so far?

Anonymous said...

Credit where credit is due...PEPCO seems to have been out in front of this and seem to be doing a better than average job of minimizing power loss.

Anonymous said...

Big shock. CPm sat
Immediately went down and won't be back for a week guessing. Bunch of idiots. So much
For telework

Anonymous said...

Comcast

Anonymous said...

"Credit where credit is due...PEPCO seems to have been out in front of this and seem to be doing a better than average job of minimizing power loss. "

No they don't its not like they can really control when the power goes out during a storm....its just that this storm wasnt as bad as "weathermen" predicted.

It was a snoozer of a storm

Btw, anyone else notice Oriental East was open? thats why we're getting beat by the chinese, they're tough and don't let a little rain and wind scare them. Btw, they were open during snowmageddon too.

Anonymous said...

"No they don't its not like they can really control when the power goes out during a storm....its just that this storm wasnt as bad as "weathermen" predicted."

It was hardly a snoozer of a storm and if you look at how PEPCO did as compared to the other local utilities, you would see they had overall fewer outages and smaller percentage of affected customers. Dominion Power had about 17% of its NOVA customers without power at the peak of outages. PEPCO had max about 5%.

"Btw, anyone else notice Oriental East was open? thats why we're getting beat by the chinese, they're tough and don't let a little rain and wind scare them. Btw, they were open during snowmageddon too."

Um, so was Tastee Diner. Last time I looked, not a single Asian worked there.

Anonymous said...

Keeping on the PEPCO's performance theme, I will also note that 23.5% of BG&E customers lost power, almost 2/3 of them remain without it right now.

Again, compare to PEPCO where 5% lost power max, and only half of them remain without right now.

Anonymous said...

Anyone want to comment on Comcasts "performance" as usual?

Pepco has its excuses. Comcast goes out if there's a stiff wind. Tired of them and and unfortunately they have a monopoly in my building.

Pathetic.

Anonymous said...

"It was hardly a snoozer of a storm and if you look at how PEPCO did as compared to the other local utilities, you would see they had overall fewer outages and smaller percentage of affected customers. Dominion Power had about 17% of its NOVA customers without power at the peak of outages. PEPCO had max about 5%. "


Ummmm, terrible comparison. BG&E has 3 times the customers and covers 4 times the area as pepco. Dominion covers nearly half of virginia. plus those areas are more rural so FAR more likely to experience power loss. we live on a city...city power outages are suppose to be EXTREMLEY rare. even with the occasional tree lines street.

Anonymous said...

Ummmm, terrible comparison. BG&E has 3 times the customers and covers 4 times the area as pepco. Dominion covers nearly half of virginia. plus those areas are more rural so FAR more likely to experience power loss. we live on a city...city power outages are suppose to be EXTREMLEY rare. even with the occasional tree lines street.

Ummm, check again. I didn't use Dominion's total stats. I used their stats from NOVA only. Are you saying that NOVA is that much more rural than MoCo?

And BGE doesn't serve 3 times more customers. Nowhere close. They have 1.2 million. PEPCO has about 800k.

I don't know why you are so invested in the idea that PEPCO sucked when it clearly didn't, at least not this time.

Anonymous said...

yea if your gonna cite stats, you might want to cite the sources....both of you. cause you all sound like morons.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry I didn't use properly bluebook (or are you more a University of Chicago kinda guy?) my freaking blog comment. How terribly inconsiderate of me.

But to your point, my sources are the utilities own websites. Feel free to check them out whenever you want. Or don't. Whatever floats your boat.

Anonymous said...

Pepco should not get kudos for doing its job. We pay among the highest rates in the nation for the worst service in the nation. If Pepco kept the lights on, the proper response is, "it's about time."

IMO

Anonymous said...

The lights stayed on in my hood (in 20910) because no trees/big limbs went down on lines near my house, not because Pepco had a better response than usual.

I could attribute that to (1) Pepco's aggressive tree trimming and (2) the derecho's decimation of dead wood. Happy to sacrifice some at-risk trees if it means keeping the power on.

I'll start praising Pepco if my power goes out and they actually manage to turn it back on in <12 hours. That has NEVER happened. This time around, we and Pepco got lucky. Not complaining!

Vagrarian said...

I live in Long Branch and we never lost power at all, which is staggering because we lose power when the wind goes over 20mph. There were some major gusts; I saw wind speeds clocked at 60mph locally so all this talk of it being nothing is so much BS. I think it is a case of the derecho having brought down the deadwood. I'm relieved that we got off easy here but in NJ and NY it's pretty dire.

Anonymous said...

Pepco should not get kudos for doing its job. We pay among the highest rates in the nation for the worst service in the nation. If Pepco kept the lights on, the proper response is, "it's about time."

IMO

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Debbie Cook said...

Jeez - I felt like it was St Patricks Day and Christmas rolled into one when my POWER stayed on the whole time!! Just a little water in the basement - but thanks to power staying on my little sump pump took care of it - Could have had a disasterous flood in my basement if power had gone out. The worst thing at my house was the cat finding a mouse in the basement and bringing it upstairs into the den and murdering it in front of my eyes with the dog trying to help it. YUCK

Ken Cho said...

amazingly, the veridan only lost power once for like 30 seconds. after that, all was good. and we lose power at the drop of a hat even if every other building on our stretch of east west is on.

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