FRAN, A Personal Note
James A. Sheckels (sheckej@EARTHLINK.NET)
Sat, 7 Sep 1996 17:07:41 -0700
Just been on line a couple of hours since Fran took us out on Thursday
night. I now live in a federal disaster area (Cumberland County, NC).
It is now raining - HARD - and we haven't seen the Cape Fear River crest yet
- supposed to at 40 feet (I think the flood stage is 22 feet). Yipes! The
Little River at Ft Bragg, northern part of the county, should crest also
tonight at around 20 feet (11 foot flood stage).
So, here I was, reading Scouts-L e-mail, Thursday at 10:50 p.m. (2250 for
the educated folk out there!;-)). Cable had been out for 30 minutes or so
(pain! pain! pain!). Then, zap, out goes the power. The APU took control,
and I started the administrative shutdown. Winds were at about 50 mph then.
Soon, we were at 80, gusting to a hundred or over. Doesn't matter to mean
that the papers say we didn't hit 80 till Fri a.m. - I was watching 60 - 70
foot pines in my yard bending to 45 degrees plus, and I've not seen them do
that in what I know was 50-60 mph winds before!
We got to 80mph about 10-15 minutes after losing power. Howl, howl, howl.
Bang, bang, bang. Friday morning we had 3 trees down and five leaning. The
tall pines. Across the street, a beautiful oak down. At least 15 feet
diameter tree. Standing on the porch, could see up to 15 trees down in
neighbors yard. Morning paper was a picture of a friend from Scouting (Asst
Dist Comsr) I hadn't seen in 10 years. Had a tree upside down in the roof
of his car.
No power, no phone, no water. Plenty of clean-up though. So we got to it.
Luckily, and I don't know how, no homes were damaged in our area. Just a
LOT of down trees. I have chain sawed 10 years worth the last two days.
And only about a third to half done on our street.
Got the phone back by 2:00 p.m. Friday (that's 1400 for the educated folk).
Water was on when we got up Saturday (thought we heard some gurgling
Note: Serious lightning and thunder right now, about 1930 (or 7:30 p.m. for
the uneducated folk).
The power came on about 2:30 p.m. Saturday. But there are still thousands
without, maybe for the next 3-4 days even. Water and phones too.
Still no cable ;-(.
Talked with a lineman in my yard this morning. Said he was from Alabama,
and had got to Fayetteville about 10:00 p.m. (2200, you know...) Friday.
And we saw a convoy of 40 or so power company trucks from Georgia.
It sure is nice to have friends and neighbors!!!
Let's all pray "Hortense, GO AWAY!!!".
YIS, Jim Sheckels - I used to be a Bobwhite...SE 308-7 '82/'72-WWW-B'Hood
CR & CC Troop 742, Hope Mills United Methodist Church, NC
Member of NAUMS/District Advancement & Training Committee
3501 Farm Circle Rd, Fayetteville, NC 28306-8303
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