Our local groundhog, General Beauregard Lee, predicted an early spring when he waddled out of his Southern “mansion” a few weeks ago. Today, however, I am sitting in the house watching what is being described as a “catastrophic” and “historic” ice storm take shape outside my window.
Ice storms are the scary part of living in the South. Widespread power outages are pretty much a given as the ice builds up on trees and power lines. The weight of the ice on the power lines themselves can snap them right in half, and if the power lines escape the icing, the tree branches won’t. As ice builds up on tree branches, they snap off and break the power lines.
Most people have shown common sense and stayed home and off the roads today – which is good news. Schools and businesses have closed, although automated emergency messages from many employers (like my husband’s) clearly informed employees that, “if they have the ability to work from home, they are expected to do so” (gotta be practical).
We have our bathtubs filled (in case power outages affect water treatment plants), water bottles filled, batteries in all of the flashlights, bread, non-perishable foods, blankets, candles, lighters and all of our electronic devices are charged.
(I must say, that it has been a while since I’ve experienced a Southern ice storm like this, and charging electronic devices was a new item on my checklist – my how times have changed.)
I’m not looking forward to the possibility of being without power for days, but if it happens, we are as ready as we can be.
I hope all of my readers in the path of the ice storm stay safe and warm. For those in other parts of the country, I hope mother nature is kind to you this week.