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Nor'easter Ida

Wednesday, November 11 to Friday, November 13, 2009,0,668458.story,0,,0,7915272.story - 32,299 homes without power?!? YOWZERONI!!!

- The Daily Press - 11/12/09

November 13, 2009, 8:35 AM - More than 155,000 Dominion customers are currently without power in Virginia,
with more than 147,000 of those customers centered in the coastal region.

   November 13, 2009, 11:37 AM - More than 142,000 now without power.,0,6501168.story

- The Daily Press - 11/13/09

.. This is the information that I received today. I have not been able to send any of this info due to all power out
due to storm. Just now 11:25pm got power back on.

- Brenda Amos Williams ('62) of VA - 11/13/09, 12:02 AM

Thanks, Brenda!

... Weather here has been interesting and almost kept me from getting my sister Betty to the Careplex for some very important surgery, I was blocked by water.
My sister Rosalie ('65) and her daughter came to the rescue and got her there on time! Now we wait. Something I'm no good at doing. You know the drill - pray.
Betty is frail and doesn't ask for much.

- Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 11/13/09, 5:26 PM

OH NO!!!  Bad weather complicated by medical emergencies and then by the trauma of waiting - not so much fun!
You hang in there, Lady, and we'll keep you and Betty and your family in our prayers!


... BTW, the power was off at my home from 1800 Thursday until 2100 Friday. With no power, I had no pumps, so the water rose to a level of about 30 inches in my basement. That is the highest it has ever been in over 35 years. Probably got to the electrical portion of the furnace. I will know more when the pumping empties the basement by morning. In the meantime, no heat (not so bad as the outside temp is about 55) and no hot water.

It is about time to invest in a natural gas powered generator that can automatically kick in upon loss of power and run much of the house load.
Kinda like this “bad boy” …

Briggs & Stratton 12kW, 15kW & 20kW Systems 

T’war purty excitin’ round these parts yesterday. See attached. None of these is my house. It got worse with the morning high tide.
A sixty foot section of somebody’s pier broke loose and came to rest in the yard at the foot of the blue steps.

Images from Thursday, November 12, 2009 - Riverview, Norfolk, VA
 5:47 PM 6:01 PM 6:03 PM 6:08 PM 6:09 PM 6:10 PM

- Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/13/09, 11:15 PM

 David, six years ago when Isabel hit, you were The Man with the Generator, neighbourhood saviour of baby formula,
medications, and tropical fish!  I've been worrying about eva'body BUT you!

   Thank you so much for the great - if scary - images, Captain!

This brief note is to let you know that my household and immediate neighbors in Va. Beach survived the Nor'easter with only minimal damage.

- John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 11/14/09, 2:34 PM

Thanks, John!

Hi Carol -

In Va. Beach this event for us was worse than Isabel. We had some siding blown away, a small tool shed was demolished and limbs down from my GIANT live oak.
No damage to the roof tho; and all the people and barn-yard animals, including the Meercats, are traumatized but well.

Blessed and thankful!

John and Nancy London

PS: I doan know what the camel is about - I just thought it was kool and I never used it before - so there.

- John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 11/15/09, 11:52 AM

YOWZERONI! I'd call that substantially more than the "minimal damage" you mentioned yesterday, but then I'm a well-known weenie!
Thanks so much for your report, John!
P.P.S. Love the camel!

More Images from Thursday, November 12, 2009 - Riverview, Norfolk, VA
5:48 PM 5:48 PM 5:48 PM 5:48 PM 6:00 PM
6:01 PM 6:02 PM 6:02 PM 6:02 PM 6:03 PM
- Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/15/09, 9:01 PM

Thank you, David!

Images from Sunday, November 15, 2009 - Riverview, Norfolk, VA
5:451 PM 5:56 PM 5:58 PM 5:58 PM
  Pier Deposited by Nor'easter at 40th Street in Riverview, Norfolk, VA  
- Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/15/09, 9:02 PM

  Thanks again for the breathtakingly beautiful images of horror, David!


I hope those of you who live here in the Tidewater area experienced no damage, or at least, only minor damage, from this record-breaking 3-day Nor'easter. We lost power for 24 hours at "J and K on the James," but lost no more trees and stayed comfortable with our battery lanterns and gas-log fireplace. Our skeletal pier (already ruined by Hurricane Isabel, in 2003) saw only a little more damage, so the seabirds are still happy. Our rip-rap was damaged some, but we lost no more ground above it. In short, we were luckier than those in the low-lying areas. We're too high up to far! 

Those of you who don't live here probably heard about this nor'easter on the national news, so I'll only add a few details probably not given national attention. The James River Bridge was closed for some 48+ hours because of the flooding at this (the south) end. A barge broke loose at sea and ended up on the beach at Sandbridge. It's still there, fully loaded. The highway south of the Oregon Inlet Bridge buckled and has not yet been replaced. At one point, 25% of all households in Tidewater had no power. Some still have no power. And many people in low-lying areas experienced major flooding of their homes. Overall, this storm was 2nd only to Isabel in its high water and winds. Fortunately, there were very few deaths.

- Jane Chambers of VA - 11/16/09, 12:33 PM

Thank you so much for this report, Jane!



Riders on the Storm

Written by Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek and John Densmore

Recorded by The Doors

Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
Into this house we're born
Into this world we're thrown
Like a dog without a bone
An actor out alone
Riders on the storm
There's a killer on the road
His brain is squirmin' like a toad
Take a long holiday
Let your children play
If ya give this man a ride
Sweet memory will die
Killer on the road, yeah
Girl, ya gotta love your man
Girl, ya gotta love your man
Take him by the hand
Make him understand
The world on you depends
Our life will never end
Gotta love your man, yeah
Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
Into this house we're born
Into this world we're thrown
Like a dog without a bone
An actor out alone
Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm

(This page was created on 11/16/09.)

"Riders on the Storm" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 09/23/03
Thanks, Dave!

"Riders on the Storm" lyrics courtesy of

Image of Rain courtesy of - 10/26/09

 Animated Rain Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/30/07

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