Monday, September 15, 2008

Survived Ike

Originally Posted on Mon, Sep 15 2008 @ 6:27 PM [EST]

I never thought I would have to worry about a hurricane while living in Ohio.

Well...we lost power at around 3:00 PM Sunday and when I say 'we' I mean most of Southwestern Ohio. Wilmington and several other cities were completely without power. We didn't get power back on at home until around noon today (Monday). Work was a whole different situation. We have two warehouse buildings at the DHL airpark. Building 3 (B3) has a generator and Building 4 (B4) does not. Of course I work in B4. Well we regained power in B4 around 10:30 AM today and but B3 was still on generator. We didn't have communications (inside or out) until about noon when Verizon connected a generator to the substation that controls the communications for the "Smart Park" telecom setup. Things are slowly getting back to normal around here. A lot of trees and power lines down.

Below is some information regarding the wind damage in the area.


Quick Bytes: Latest Wind Storm Updates
updated 6 minutes ago

CINCINNATI - So, here's the basic rundown of what happened Sunday and Monday:

  • About 928,000 homes and businesses lost power at some point during the wind storm. From Louisville to Columbus, that number is 1.5 million.
  • At 11 a.m., the number still without power was slightly over 600,000. (This
    number does not include 12,000 Owen Electric Coop customers)
  • Duke Energy says it may be a week before all power is restored.
  • All told, more than 90 percent of the company's customers lost power. This
    is the biggest outage in Duke Energy history. Check here for updates.
  • Some Duke Energy crews were en route to the Gulf Coast to assist in Hurricane Ike recovery. The company said it's trying to recall some crews, bring others from elsewhere and hire contractors.
  • Gov. Ted Strickland has issued a state of emergency for several southwest Ohio counties.
  • Officials in Fairfield warned residents to conserve and boil water after the power outage reduced the city?s clean water supply.
  • Officials in Hamilton urged residents to conserve water, and residents in the vicinity the Wasserman Road Elevated Tank are under a boil advisory. This includes the following subdivisions: Sterling Estates, Twinbrook, Cardome Hills, New London Hills and Britton Ridge.
  • People in Clinton County can get water at the main water plant on Lowes Drive.
  • People in the Southwest Regional Water district are asked to conserve water and remind people that if you have low or no water pressure, boil the water you get before consuming or cooking it.
  • Mason-area residents also asked to conserve water.
  • Same goes for Cincinnati and Hamilton County, especially the northeastern parts of the county.
  • reminder: Some people who have power now could lose it for a time because power crews sometimes have to take down one part of the grid to repair another part.
  • A woman in Mt. Healthy was killed when a tree fell on her home. Her name has not been released.
  • Two more people were killed when their motorcycle was hit by a falling tree in the Hueston Woods State Park. The pair, Stephanie Bobinger and her husband,
    Tom Bobinger, daughter and son-in-law of Fairfield Fire Chief Don Bennett, were riding as part of the Heroes Ride Bike Run.
  • The Associated Press said that a fourth person was killed by a falling tree in Ohio County, Ind., but had no further details.
  • A 10-year-old boy in Louisville was killed by a falling limb as he mowed grass.
  • Butler County remains under a level 1 emergency until further notice.
  • Clermont County officials declared a state of emergency on Monday afternoon.
  • Postal deliveries will be attempted, but officials said downed trees and power lines could temporarily prohibit carriers from making some deliveries. Nearly 60 post office brances remained without power by late Monday afternoon.
  • Metro says all buses are running, but some will have to make detours due to closed roads.
  • Rumpke will continue regular trash collection where possible.
  • Road obstructions may cause some delays in service, and a power outage closed the company's offices on Monday. For updated information about your neighborhood, click here.
  • Urban Active offered free usage of their shower facilities to anyone whose power or water service was interrupted.
  • Employees should call their workplace before going to work, as there's a decent chance it won't have power.
  • Many schools, including Cincinnati public schools, have closed for Tuesday.
    See the list here.
  • Lines formed at gas stations that still have power. One caller reported lines of cars outside a Sharonville station at Crescentville and Mosteller roads last night. At 8 a.m., a dozen cars were lined up for the pumps at the same station. Many stations are still closed Monday morning.
  • A man in Springboro was injured by a falling tree. No further information is available.
  • Kenton County and the city of Newport are under states of emergency.
  • Sharonville residents unable to stay in their homes can call 513-563-0252 to get shelter information.
  • Warren County--Four men hurt while trying to hold roof on Lemon Township mobile home. One seriously hurt.
  • Fire destroyed Elks Lodge in Cheviot, damaged Captain D's restaurant.
  • Fire damaged buildings near Findlay Market -- market sustained minor damage.
  • Fire damaged Grammer's in OTR.
  • Former News 5 photographer reported boats blown from moorings in rookville
    Lake, some sunk.
  • Dearborn County, Switzerland County under travel emergency.
  • Jewish Hospital reported several people being hurt while outside checking storm damage.


I was in that wind storm only about 8 ft in front of Tom & Steph. I have seen other blogs on here stating how dumb we were to be in that wind. With you being here in OH you know the 76 mph winds came out of nowhere. It has been almost 3 weeks since that unbelieveable day. I heard that CRACK & by the time I got my bike stopped Tom & Steph was gone. That huge 100 ft tree had swallowed them up. We were riding in the Hero's Ride. Tom & Steph are my hero's. They will live on forever within me. My thought, the good Lord only takes the good ones. Tom & Steph, we love you & Abby is being taken good care of.
Comment By: sunshines06harley on Fri, Oct 03 2008 @ 7:55 AM [EST]

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