• Subject: Neil's trek to Rochester
  • From: keech@xxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 9 Jul 98 13:29:02 CDT

 Neil said:
 >Well, it was Northworst but you couldn't really blame them for the
 >Tornado that touched down out by one of the runways in Minneapolis, and
 >forced the evacuation of part of the terminal and the control tower.
 >They had planes diverted all over the place.  I spent 5 hours on the
 >ground in Madison WI.  We got to MSP around 3am after watching an
 >amazing lightning show out of the right window for the entire flight.
 >When I finally got to Rochester Saturday morning there were still two
 >Northwest A-320's on the ground that had been diverted there.  Just my
 >luck my flight got diverted to Madison instead of Rochester.  :-(
 >Oh - and to top off a wonderful trip, that night we went to the Hubbell
 >House in Mantorville (just west of Rochester) for dinner.
 >We just walk in, waiting for our seats, and the Toronado siren across
 >the street goes off.  After they finished with sending people to the
 >basement we finally end up at our tables, have just had soup, then the
 >power goes out.  We wait an hour, then figure we'll go to Rochester to
 >eat.  No luck, the entire city was blacked out for about 5 hours.  Still
 >some people in the area without power two days later.  (Deb Benson,
 >formerly of IBM and now with COMMON, was one of them - she also had 36
 >trees blown down on her property !).
 >Neil Palmer                                AS/400~~~~~

 You picked a terrible weekend to come to Rochester.  Friday night we had
 bad thunderstorms, and then Saturday night high winds knocked down 7
 high-power utility poles, dropping 3 of the 5 connections of SE
 Minnesota to the power grid.  Our local utility jumped it's output
 threefold, and local power was restored in about 5 hours, but the
 surrounding area wasn't so lucky.  Some places took 3 days to get
 power back.  The local hospital has 2 backup generators, but one was
 down for repairs, and the second took 20 minutes to come on.  They
 are investigating why it took so long.

 It was incredibly eerie driving around town Saturday night with
 absolutely no lights of any kind on.  It was easy to get lost.  On the
 plus side, I got 12 hours of sleep that night, going to sleep at 8:30
 watching the lightning, and only getting up long enough to turn all the
 lights off when the power came back on.

 Marty Keech IBM AS/400 APPC, Payment Server, 'n Stuff
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