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A big thank you Jennie, high winds continue, power still out many areas

[ 2 ] April 16, 2007 |

Good Monday evening,

What an interesting 24 hours this has been across Nelson and Central Virginia. Rather than just being a simple weather update I am including several items in this evening’s post. First we want to send out a big thank you to Jennie Tal. She knocked it out of the park today and it shows. Jennie is a senior at VT, graduating next month. She’s also the daughter of Raphael & Leslie Tal here in Nellysford. They also own The Mark Addy Inn Jennie has been doing all of the transcription for us at NCL since late last year. Jennie was live blogging for us during the tragic event at VT’s shooting. Jennie’s entries have already been picked up by CNN, and across the pond at BBC, and other assorted web sites internationally. Thank you Jennie and we are glad you are safe, stay that way and get graduated!

Power wise here in Nelson we are still without power at NCL. I just spoke to Kim Thompson in Beech Grove (664 toward Wintergreen) and they are without power as well. An entry on CVEC’s site says most of the power problems in the Martin’s Store substation have been resolved, but apparently not all of them, as we and others nearby still have had no power since 1AM Monday morning. We are hearing similar reports from others around the county. Though the CVEC website says much of the outages have been corrected. They posted an update regarding Appomattox customers at 3PM, but nothing Nelson thus far. Will let you know as we know, but I’d keep some firewood and a flashlight handy tonight.

On to the weather, we will begin to see a decrease in the winds slowly over the next 24 hours. We won’t see a whole lot of improvement early tonight, and it will still be gusty even after midnight, but as the low pressure area moves toward the sea we will see winds diminish a lot by Tuesday afternoon. The High Wind Warning continues tonight until 2AM EDT Tuesday morning. I still see some gusts of up to 60 MPH possible early tonight, but the average speeds are working down in the 25-30 MPH range. Tonight temps will drop to the low 30’s valley and mtns, some snow showers possible in the mountains. Tuesday winds continue but not as bad as as Monday. Temps moderate with highs around 60 valley, mountains 40’s. It will be mostly cloudy. Tuesday night mountain lows upper 20’s – valley mid-30’s. By Wed we have partly cloudy skies and temps near 60. Chance of showers on Thursday.

Just to show you how low the low is producing this wind, our barometer at NCL-Nelson County LIfe Magazine droped to a low 29.27 (991.1 MB) around 1AM this morning. That is low folks, very intense. Hat tip to Paul Luke in DC for noticing this and e-mailing us. Good catch Paul!

The warmer temps return by the weekend and for the first time in two weeks it looks like a nice weekend shaping up!

More updates later tonight as conditions change.

Have a warm and “non-windy” evening!
Tommy

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  1. Judy says:

    Things are looking up here in Faber. We have power-only intermittant loss …. the sun is out… 2 inches of rain total- wind is dying down…..and my little sister Alice Salottolo finished the Boston Marathon in 4:25.

  2. Tommy says:

    Thanks for updating us from over at Faber, Judy. That’s good news. As of 7:45 PM Edt tonight still no power in our part of Greenfield, same at portions of Beech Grove.

    Couple of additions here as well:

    -The NWS has cancelled the High Wind Warning and it has been replaced with a High Wind Advisory until midnight. Once that stubborn low moves away these really strong winds will subside.

    -The next thing is CVEC has update their site (the link is above in the original post) and they say some areas have power now, but lost about 1200 more customers in the Laurel Springs substation area after it lost power feedin it.

    More as it unfolds!
    Tommy

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