Monday, 23 December 2013

ARMAGEDDON!

Ok, maybe that title is a bit of an overstatement.  But, I have to say that yesterday had a very "end of days" feel to it.

On Saturday night, Southern Ontario was hit with a major ice storm.  I don't know what the official total amount of freezing rain was, but I can tell you that my van, trees and other outdoor objects were coated with no less than one inch of solid ice.

Thousands of trees are down, 250,000 people were without power and many (last check was 90,000) are still without power.

Traffic lights are out, trees strewn across roads and icy, treacherous walking and driving conditions.  I lined up for half an hour to get gas yesterday as many stations were closed due to hydro outages.  Major malls were crippled with no power.  It has been (and continues to be for many people) a nightmare.  Luckily, we were only without power for about 12 hours.  It was FREEZING in our house, even with the gas fireplace lit.  I can't even imagine what it is like for some of my friends, who are still powerless and woke up to houses at 10 degrees Celcius. :( Our home phone is still out and cell service is spotty.

There are thousands of people who will not have power until after Christmas. :(

Here are a few photos:

 Pretty, but devastating



 Ribbonsicle

I cut my fingers on the ice while scraping my van :( OUCH!

Before the ice:
 After the ice:
So many trees ripped in half like this one across from my office:

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