Friday, December 15, 2006

I'll Huff and I'll Puff and I'll Bloooooow Your House Down

Howling gusting winds all night last night. Branches breaking off trees and hitting the roof and the south side of the house. People's garbage cans rattling loose down the street. Sirens howling downtown. Lightning flashes (but oddly, no thunder?) Around midnight I heard a loud pop from a transformer in the alley, and our power went out. It's still out this morning. Most of the city is dark. I drove all the way to West Seattle to work this morning, past several down trees and power wires, only to find the power was out there, too, and the clinic was closed. Back on Capitol Hill now, at Vivace Espresso. It's the first place I could find with power and COFFEE! Ran into an ER doc I used to play tennis with, whose power was out at home and who is using the Wifi here (as am I) to get some work done. It's very clear and calm outside now. Even a little sunny. Trees all blown bare. Quite lovely.

6 comments:

aka Leonardo Likes Gulls said...

We had the lightning with no thunder as well.

Just got our power back on. 24 hours without. Though I'm one of the few prairie girls who actually enjoys no electricity.

ReggieH said...

Hope you guys are doing well...I know you wish you could go right back to Hawaii!

Collin said...

Glad to hear you weren't blown away in the storm. :)

Neil Aitken said...

We'd been without power for over 24 hours as well, just came back at 5 am. At its peak, the power outage affected over 240,000 people here in Vancouver area... Amazing how the whole city grinds to halt.

Peter said...

Glad you got power back Neil and Kelli. Ours just came back early this morning (about 36 hours out). We went downtown (which never lost power) last night to eat and hang out in stores and keep warm, and everywhere was packed, probably with others who had the same idea.
A lovely sheen of frost on everything this morning. Really beautiful.

Neil Aitken said...

Yep. Lights back on and snow is on the ground again. And it's quite beautiful, I agree. I wrote a new poem this morning while enjoying the luxury of electrical power.