Hurricane Michael Geneva Alabama morning report (Oct 11, 2018)

Alabama Power tweet says over 40K without power after Hurricane Michael (Screenshot: Eric Hepperle, 2018)
Alabama Power tweet says over 40K without power after Hurricane Michael (Screenshot: Eric Hepperle, 2018)

Well, I was able to use a 10 year old battery jump starter to charge my phone overnight.

I woke to my disco phone alarm on my Samsung Galaxy S6 this morning. I had been dreaming that I was 3 hours late for a college class, which is a type of nightmare for me, given my penchant for thoroughness, being in the top 10% of the class, and high performance.

At some point, a voice in the dream said “audio engineer”, as if that was a type of job opportunity I should consider. I do have a dusty degree in Electronics Engineering Technology (EET) that could use some polishing .

Anyway, back to the Hurricane Michael story.

According to Alabama Power’s Twitter feed, as of 4:30 AM today, October 11, 2018, Hurricane Michael left 45,000 customers without power. including 5,800 in Geneva County and 10,000 in Houston County (Dothan).

 4:30 AM Update: Hurricane Michael disrupts service to 45,000 customers as it leaves the state. 10,000 in Houston County,7400 in Henry, 6000 in Lee, 5800 each in Geneva and Dale, 5200 in Barbour, 3000 in Russell.

— @alabamapower, Twitter

A tweet from around the same time says “Teams will be further assessing damage beginning at first light. Customers should steer clear of hazardous conditions, downed lines.”

It is 6:16 AM. First light has broken and The sound of portable gas generators can be heard along with The whoosh and roar of cars and trucks travelling to work on Highway 52. Some will find their businesses have sustained no damage; others won’t be so lucky. But, for Hepperle Manor the storm has passed and Spirit has kept the residents and property safe.

All that remains now is for power to be restored and life to get back to normal. And of course, making better preparations (like buying a generator) for the next natural disaster.

We pray that Spirit continues to protect and watch over those who are without power today.

P.S.: Forgive my spelling errors. I’m posting this and the last blog 100% using only my smartphone to get the information out quickly.

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First light after Hurricane Michael at Hepperle Manor, Thurs., Oct. 11, 2018 (Eric Hepperle, 2018)
First light after Hurricane Michael at Hepperle Manor, Thurs., Oct. 11, 2018 (Eric Hepperle, 2018)

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