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Thank God we arent there tonight...350,000 people without power and reports of a tornado. Also storm damage reports on I-270 and the airport. Hopefully everyone there is safe after this bad storm tonight.
 

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Yes, from TV coverage we've been seeing all evening, it was absolutely kick-butt. We didn't even get a single drop of rain here, about 70 miles east of STL.

There was a ballgame at Busch, and with the power out, the MetroLink (light rail) was down, too. They were going nuts trying to figure-out how to get tens of thousands of people out of the stadium and downtown. Several of us experienced the crowd situation with MetroLink trying to leave the river cruise... so can you imagine the special Hell of a much bigger crowd with the MetroLink not working at all?

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The storm is turning into a disaster of a major scale. The worst of it smacked right in the middle of the city.

As of 10am, 500,000 were still without power, and temperatures above 100° are expected this afternoon, with heat indexes approaching 120°. Casualties are anticipated.

On a meet note, remember that big electronic sign for the casino across the river that we were more or less staring at while waiting for the fireworks on Saturday? It was knocked down. A couple of buildings on LaClede's Landing (next to the Arch) had their brick fascias blown off.
 

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We got hit pretty good in the Springfield area as well last night--60 to 80 mph winds. Tornado sirens were going. Hail. There's still power out in some areas. My husband and I spent about an hour dragging huge limbs out of the driveway.

My E was parked under the same tree, but there were only small twigs on it after the storm. (whew!) :-D
 

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OK, gang - I "un-hijacked" this thread.

Mayor Slay declared a state of emergency an hour ago, and the Missouri National Guard has been mobilized. The densest areas of the city took the worst of it, for sure.

As to being in the Arch, lwclancers, it might have been a rough ride, but that's probably the most secure structure in the city. It's bulletproof - literally.
 

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Thanks for keeping us up on things------I haven't heard anything about this, and I've been watching news channels (and the weather channel occassionally). I must be somewhere else when it is on. ALSO, Nebraska has a "habit" of forgetting there are 49 other states in the union! When we moved here from Kansas, it became painfully clear---you eat, sleep, and talk BIG RED---to heck with everybody else. Pisses me off! Guess I'll go Google a St. Louis newspaper and read more about it. Hope everybody will be OK.
 

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AdamLSTL wife is pregnant and with the power out hope he and his family get to someplace with Air Conditioning. My Mom said that my Aunt and Uncle just went to the Casinos. They must have Gernerators??

Adam let us know if you are O.K.

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I've seen some of the destruction on the news, finally, and it looks like things got pretty shaken up over there.

I'm glad you guys who went to the national meet beat the storm and that everyone made it home safe.

But this brings up an interesting question - do any of you have supplies in your E's for emergencies like that? It seems to me you could keep a small tent and some other supplies fairly easily.

Myself, I keep a towel and an extra shirt in case I get stuck in the rain, but that's not like one of these big storms... we also have emergency kits both for cars and humans in our cars. I think small emergeny kits would be fairly common... but I'm wondering if any of you keep bottled water or anything else like that.

How about when you know a storm is coming? I think a case of water would make sense then, but not to carry around all the time.
 

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I keep a few MRE packs in my emergency pack along with about ten 12 hour chem-lites. I'm still looking for a decent water storage solution that doesn't get in the way, rattle or roll around or look stupid.
 

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Water also gets stale pretty quickly. Any water storage solution has to be changed once a week, and cleaned out once a month...
I just keep a couple of bottles of water in the back seat, and switch them with fresh ones out of the fridge once a week. I don't think anyone's noticed yet...:)
 

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.... I'm still looking for a decent water storage solution that doesn't get in the way, rattle or roll around or look stupid.
In Australia it is common to have an aluminum water tank (with a rear facing tap) built into the rear of a lot of utility vehicles. They don't take up a lot of room (typically they will be designed around the wheel arch) and they hold a lot of water.

As you probably know, however, water is very heavy and a full tank would probably reduce the carrying capacity of the E significantly.

I see they have now developed a lighter solution. I don't know how well it works (and its designed for Land Cruisers) but you might want to check it out.

http://motorcare.com.au/flexitank.htm
 

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Adding insult to injury:

More big storms in STL this morning. A few areas that had power restored just this morning (where it's been out for nearly two days) had it knocked out again at noon. One interviewee quipped, "OK, we just got the power back, and it's off again. So do we go to the end of the line now?"

Lines to buy gas at the few stations with power are incredible.

Having nothing to do with the storm, a 36" water main broke in the city this evening. 1/2 of the city has no water pressure. Nobody's answered the burning question yet: how many people without power are now without water?

Got a phone call this afternoon from the friend who bought our old house on the west side of STL. He asked if he could stay at our place if the power wasn't back on by tomorrow afternoon. (Of course!... there's the shower... ;-) )

It's probably going to be Monday before everyone has power because the damage is so widespread and there's so much of it to repair. One godsend is that temperatures have dropped into the mid-'80's.
 

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If I remember right, Adam lives in south city. He probably doesn't have power yet, and now doesn't have water. I suspect he was smart and got the heck out of Dodge for the weekend.
 

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It has been quite a mess here the last few days, there are still alot of folks without power, mercifully the weather is cooling down so that should help a bit...we finally got power at work so I could come back and post...and my E took some damage, thankfully it's drivable and no one got hurt with the glass that fell onto it from the building I was parked next to
 

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I'm still alive!

bobhch/hchbob said:
AdamLSTL wife is pregnant and with the power out hope he and his family get to someplace with Air Conditioning. My Mom said that my Aunt and Uncle just went to the Casinos. They must have Gernerators??
Adam let us know if you are O.K.
Bob
All is ok now.. Power went out Wed. Evening while I was at work (which also went to generators! - Fun nite). I drove the E that nite and my neighborhood was black-out! Lots of trees in the road.. Glad I have an E W/4WD! Secured the family. Got out my guns 12 and SKS (Just in case). We moved base to the basement (cool there). Powerless...:-(
Thursday, I hooked up to my neighbors power generator next door. Kept the fridge on and 2 fans. Cold showers RULE!
Friday morn I got a generator from my brother a 6,280 Watt MONSTER and loaded it into the back of the E. Got it home plugged in as did my other neighbors. This gave us TV/DVD nice change. :rolleyes: Friday 10:45 PM - BAM.. lites on! Turned on the attic fan and cleared out leftover heat! Then came my A/C!!!! YES....:) P.S. The neighbor next door and on down = No power still. They plugged into my house.
Saturday, I took the generator to my grandparents home (lost power Friday) and got them all set up with fans..etc...Then we went to the International fest in Tower Grove Park.. Good times... Good food... Cool day X2....:cool:
Sunday, Worn out & back to work...
We were lucky and the H2O was never an issue....8)
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Has anyone heard from Adam?
Thanks for thinking of us during this Eco-challEngE EOC!:cool:
 

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i live in STL...my power was on the entire time, yet a block away, it was not...i was listening to my radio scanner...you would not believe the amount of fires and other calls were dispatched in the St. Louis County, City and surroundings. It was amazing...dozens (and i mean DOZENS) of first alarm fires in the city, a train derailment with a possiblity of a hazmat spill (which just turned out to be water leaking from the train)!

it was redicilous! Most of the ERs were on diversion, one of the smaller hospitials actually sent out a request for any RNs/MDs and anyone with ER experiance to voulenteer

wow, to me, this storm didn't even seem that bad, ive seen much worse in St. Louis...just amazes me!
 
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