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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by LakeSteve, Aug 26, 2012.
Those are during breaks in coverage.
Actually the drive up US1 was fairly easy, there were some thunderstorms around Marathon to Islamorada. This evening is much worse than it has been all day, strong feeders and lightning with the corresponding Florida Flicker and Flash power interruptions.
This evening has been much worse. Some wicked squalls rolling through here now. Still nothing that I think someone would necessarily need to see if they are in another area of the country though, unless you like watching it rain.
Yay, I guess hurricanes are now officially a spectator sport.....sigh :nono2:
Yup, it even has a name. Catastrophe Porn
There actually are a few channels running non stop Isaac information. 325 and 349 for two. I thought there were a couple of others too, but those are the only ones I found right now.
Yesterday they were carrying Tampa TV, today it is New Orleans.
This storm is looking a lot like Gustav. My experience was 8 days of misery with no electricity in summer heat. I went through Andrew, Katrina and Rita but in each of those I had power back the same day. My point here is that it all depends on how much the storm impacts you personally. Although you might not be greatly affected, others could be experiencing something totally different.
On the plus side, I had a generator to keep my deep freeze, refrigerator and TV running throughout the storms. Directv never went out.
Right you are. 24 hours later here's recap from an area that never saw sustained winds over 50mph.
-3 deaths due to Tornado's about 50 miles north of me
-1 home without a roof about 8 miles east of me, another Tornado suspected
-Many homes flooded inside due to 15" of rain in 24-36 hours.
-My neighborhoold has streets flooded so if you don't have an SUV or truck you aren't driving in or out. Hundreds of other roads with same.
And that's from a non-Hurricane, side swiped by a Tropical storm. We were never under a Hurricane warning.
I was pleasantly surprised with the few outages for DTV also. When it happened, I usually was able to switch over to the SD channel (if one was available) and got the picture back.
After Hurricane Andrew, which you will remember was also in August, my home was without power for over three weeks. Hot and miserable, sleeping on the floor in the living room (armed due to looting and open windows) and waking up every three hours to fuel up my little generator with gasoline, which I smelled like for a long time. It kept my refrigerator going but I learned my lesson. I now have a whole-house diesel generator that will automatically kick in 30 seconds after a power failure and run everything in the house for three days and nights without refueling. I have all my TV's and receivers on battery back up, so I don't even have to wait for the receiver to reset. Since I bought that generator and electric shutters (my old ones were excellent, but each panel was about 40 lbs each of galvanized steel and getting to be too much for me to carry up to our second floor on a ladder and balance), I have had no significant power outages and no hurricane strength winds. Good insurance, as far as I am concerned.
Wow. It is a different life for sure.
What are you going to do for the other 18 days? Is there a source of diesel nearby? That is why I never went with the whole house setup. During a prolonged failure, there is no where to resupply the generator, since all the local gas/diesel stations would be closed as well.
I went to the whole home route too. Buried a 1000 gallon Propane Tank since I'm not on a gas route. Good for 14 days, so spec'd. Longer than that 2 choices. Get a delivery or live somewhere else. If the latter, I don't care where. I might even look you up Davenir. I know how to find you.
Not in HD...
Yea, I think Propane would be a good source. Dont know if I would want a 1000 gallon tank in the yard tho. Had one of those out in the country a long time ago. They always paint them the most visible and ugly colors. Maybe a camo tank
Yes, since Andrew, gas stations must have emergency generators so there likely will be diesel fuel available at one of the many stations that now carry diesel. There are at least 10 within a 5 mile radius, so I am sure I will be able to refuel and stock up if I need to. I also have another 55 gallon drum and a buried 50 gallon tank that I could fill, but won't unless I have to since I burn so little that I might end up having to find a way to dispose of fuel that has gone bad. Besides, I have a good friend in Homestead, which is about 30 miles away that has a 1000 gallon diesel tank for his farm, which he promised would be available in a pinch. He keeps one of his boats in my slip, so he often brings me 5 gallons at a time when he is coming up.
I still have water all around me here but it's subsiding quickly. Last night's rain didn't help either. I never lost power though and that's very odd for Lake Worth Utilities. I can lose power on a beautiful day if a gnat farts near a transformer. :lol:
I had it buried. Looks like a submarine but no longer have to see it.
I'm actually watching on their online website the local news weather wvue fox8 (new orleans) and the meteorologist seems really excited and basically scaring the local folks.
How did DTV notifiy us about these new hurricane coverage channels? I found out by reading an SBCA smartbrief newsletter sent to my email address.
I would have thought that they would have made some use of their mostly useless message feature that shows up on the taskbar when you hit the info button.