Tag: Weather

Kentucky Ice Storm 2009

The news stations are reporting it as the worst ice storm to hit since, well the last ice storm of 2003.

We in Lexington are currently under ice.

At last count there were over thirty thousand without power in Lexington and over five hundred thousand without power in the state of Kentucky.

Tracy and I were lucky enough to only lose power for two hours during the first day of the storm. We have several trees that have bent over due to the weight of the ice coating them and many downed branches. We will have to wait for the thaw before we can see if the trees will make it or not.

There were some crazy people on the road who clearly should have stayed at home. I don’t know what it is about rain, ice, or snow, but people around here can’t seem to drive in any of those conditions. I saw multiple cars spinning their tires on the ice trying to race into the traffic flow of the next road. I saw many people driving way too fast and way too close to the car in front of them. I saw way too many people driving in ice and snow covered cars. Please take the time to de-ice your car before trying to go 55mph+ on a road with cars around you, the ice will fly off your car towards those behind you.

Our neighborhood is never plowed so that part was a bit slippery. The main roads were not that bad and I was able to make it in to work each day which kind of sucked because I ended up being one of the few employees to actually show up so no breaks for me and no extra help for the customers. The good news for me and the bad news for the store is we didn’t have that many customers. If things thaw out this weekend it should be pretty busy at the store. We were open all week with the exception of closing early the first day of the ice. People came in for the strangest reasons. Half the time all I could think was why are you coming out for that item on the iciest day of the year.

I could understand coming in for dog or cat food, your pets have to eat, but do you really need to go out in the ice to adopt a cat or buy a Shepard’s hook to hang a bird feeder in your yard? Can’t that wait a few days until the ice melts? Be safe out there Lexington and be patient, the ice will melt, power will come back, and life will get back to normal.