Last Night... we survived another night of severe storms here in GA. We are ok with no problems, but some of our neighbors did not fair so well. Some trees down,destroyed awnings, and no power for 5 hours. Luckily the temp went from 105 to 75. We have learned the hard way, when the wind picks up, batten down the hatches...
This morning..Beautiful calm and peaceful view of the lake drinking coffee with the DW. Life is good..
George and Ann
2012 Dodge 3500, SLT Big Horn,CC,DRW,Cummins HO,4x4,3:73, Dual Cam Hitch
2008 Keystone Springdale 291RK Retired Army, but still working....until 2015
It was "nip n tuck" along Hartwell lake last night. This C.O.E. park is so heavily treed, there's that concern about something falling on you in high winds. Glad to hear everyone made it through safely.
We were camping in the Hocking Hills area of south central Ohio, when the Friday night storms blew through. Most of us were able to roll up the awnings and gather up and stash the loose mats, chairs, and table cloths. One large tree limb fell next door, narrowly missing their easy-up awning frame and toy-hauler. An entire tree uprooted three sites in the other direction, smashing into the back wing of a pop-up, snapping the inside support bars and tearing the canvas. They had just bailed out to their car about two minutes before the crash. Power went out at 5 PM, water pressure from the well/pumps was gone by 8 PM, and no Verizon cell phone service to begin with. Saturday morning the power company said it could be another 4-5 DAYS until power was restored. Local residents subscribe to other cell phone providers, but their towers were not connecting, either. Leaving the CG Saturday, would have been difficult, if not impossible since many local roads were closed due to downed trees, limbs, and power lines. The maintenance guy told me they had "a bunch" of reservations scheduled to arrive Sunday afternoon, and the CG had no phone/cell/internet with which to contact these campers and inform them about the lack of electric/water/sewer services.
We rode it out for the next 2 days, thanks to our fresh water still having over 20 gallons from a previous trip, LP gas to run the fridge and stove, and 2 12-volt batteries for the lights and water pump. We found out the gas water heater wasn't working, and of course had to do without the AC. We found many gas/fuel stations closed on the route home, because their electricity was out. The one that we found to be pumping gas was operating on a cash-payment basis since debit/credit card systems were down. My BIL works for the power company here in Ohio. He claims there were as many as 1.3 million customers without power through their service areas, with damages exceding those of Hurrican Ike serveral years ago.
Wil, Tara, Nakeeta (Alaskan husky 6 yr.-old), and Keeko (Jack Russel/Chihuahua mix 3 yr.-old)
(Joey our 6-yr. old Jack Russel mix, passed over the Rainbow Bridge 12/19/09.)
2008 Jay Flight 24RKS; 2006 Chevy Suburban 1500 4X4 Z71
Bluffton, SC here, on the coast about a halfhour from Savannah. We got a severe storm too around 8:30, knocked the power out at the restaraunt while I was eating. There was a lot of lightning and wind but no hail fotunately, a lot of down branches and two downed trees that I saw on the drive back. I was afraid what I'd find when I made it back to my RV but all was well. Still had power and the cat was just fine. Temp dropped from 85 to 69.
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I live about 30 miles west of the Hocking Hills region of Ohio. I can be at a campground in Hocking Hills and setup in about 45 minutes or so. We were coming back from Gettysburg, Pa on Friday when the storm was just coming in. We hit Wheeling, WV and got heavy rain and heavy winds. I am glad I have a popup with less side area for the wind to move me around with. We drove about 10 miles past St Clairsville, Ohio and the rain started to let up with the winds not so bad. By Zanesville, Ohio the skies had clear but we found only 1 gas station open due to the power outages. We got home late, around 10:30 at night but we had power at our house, guess we are lucky. We lost power while out and again on Sunday for about 30 minutes while the power company was working up the road. I lost a piece of facia on my garage but other then that no major issues at all. The only other thing I saw in the neighborhood was a large walnut tree at went down in my neighbor's yard.
We went to our friend's farm for their annual July 4th picnic on Friday. People had tents set up and there were a couple of pop up campers there. We didn't take our TT and I.m glad we didn't. The storm rolled through about 30 minutes after we arrived. The wife and I were holding onto our 2 ez-up awnings, trying to keep them from blowing away. We finally got them down and tried to help some friends of ours save their tent. It was rough. Their tent was knocked down and trying to blow away. My friend had his 2 guitars in the tent in their cases. They came out water logged after everything was over.
We rode out the storm outside trying to save everyones stuff and dodging tree limbs. No one at our location was hurt and that's the most important thing. Did see one tent get blown about 30 feet into the air and get thrown back down into a creek. A couple of folks lost awnings. We were trapped on the farm several hours before someone with a chainsaw managed to open the road. I had put our tent into the backseat of my truck so after the storm we set it up and stayed the night. Got home the next morning and still had electric, cable etc... Most people in our area have no electric. Power company says it will be a week or so before everyone is back on line. Things are slowly returning to normal around here. Roughest storm I have ever seen.
Fortunately for me, I was not out this past weekend. However, I did have friends who were and experienced unfortunate weather related consequences. At my fav local MD State Park, Elk Neck, 23 campsites were deemed unsafe due to an untold amount of trees coming down. One on top of a Class C and a HTT. Due to Friday night's two hours of terror with no power and 60 MPH winds most folks pulled out in the AM due to stress and safety concerns. Another friend was up in Cape May, NJ and a tree fell on his roof front and rear, narrowly missing the rear bunk slide where his kids were sleeping. I lost power for two days at my house and stayed in the RV. There are still 200,000 folks in MD without power as I write this. Last August I was evacuated off a CG on Long Island during Hurricane Irene and once home lost power for 6 days as well. Camp Driveway is not as much fun as real camping but at least we have an option when things go awry. As a sidebar, I had a ROO 21SS for 5 years and PUPs prior to that. Years ago I camped off of motorcycles as well. There were quite a few times over the years that I knew we could have been over our head regarding bad weather coming our way. Just need to have a plan and sometimes pray.