Live Updates: Closures, blackouts and more after winter weather slams S.A.(photos)

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    • #404294
      Ohio Barbarian
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      A vehicle drives on I-10 westbound on Monday, Feb. 15, 2021. Several inches of snow fell in the city from Sunday, Feb. 14, starting in the evening through the early morning hours of Monday, Feb. 15, 2021. A few vehicles and people were out either to see the spectacle or to try to head to work.

      Hundreds of San Antonians stand in line to enter the H-E-B at West Avenue and Blanco Road at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, after snow and freezing temperatures caused the closing the the store chain and most businesses.

      The Alamo is seen early Monday morning, Feb. 15, 2021 behind a layer of snow. The National Weather Service reported Tuesday morning that San Antonio and surrounding areas saw 3-5 inches of snow and some pockets of the forecast area saw 6-7 inches of snow. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has also declared the highest level of energy emergency and is requiring rolling blackouts throughout Texas. The National Weather Service reports the areas temperatures are the coldest since 1989.

      Carmen Rodriguez, 12, from left, her sister, Georgina Rodriguez, 13, and Gaby Gonzales, 13, make snow angels in their neighbor's driveway late Sunday night, Feb. 14, 2021, in San Antonio.

      Full San Antonio Express-News story here.

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    • #404295
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      And a quarter million people in that city alone are still without power. Inexcusable. Right now in Euclid, Ohio, it’s 5F, there’s a foot of snow on the ground, and zero power restrictions. Don’t tell me Texas power companies can’t do the same thing. They can.

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    • #404299
      GZeusH
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      it’s a DISASTER!   Usually of epic proportions.   A 1″ snow in Atlanta will cause more damage than Sherman ever thought of doing.

      But that’s capitalism for ya.  Planning for a once-in-a-decade event would cut into quarterly profits.

      • #404318
        jwirr
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        Some of that is even showing up in the below zero temps we are seeing in MN. Frozen pipes at many homes and cars that will not start.

        Looking at those pics I see the roads have not been plowed. I am assuming that they do not have the equipment because most years in the past they did not need it.

        jwirr

      • #404325
        ArtfromArk
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        We had a freaking big snow, but they still decided to have school. Of the 28 or so students in my class, only 7 (including me) were able to attend class, mostly because we lived within a few blocks of the school. So my teacher decided it wasn’t worth it to have regular lessons, so we played games all day. It was so fun! But after that, any time we had even a threat of a kind of a “big” snow (1 inch or more), classes were canceled, Those buses had to navigate winding roads on the east side of town, and there was one minor accident because of the snow.

        “There’s a new spirit abroad in the land. The old days of ‘grab and greed’ are on their way out. We’re beginning to think of what we owe the other fellow, not just what we’re compelled to give him. The time’s coming… when we shan’t be able to fill our bellies in comfort while others go hungry, sleep in warm beds while others shiver in the cold.... And God willing, we’ll live to see that day…” Basil Rathbone,"Sherlock Holmes Faces Death" (Universal 1943)

    • #404303
      salemcourt
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      A question you will not hear on MSM.

    • #404346
      RCW2020
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      areas.

      My calls to my Aunts cell, near Ft. Hood, won’t even go through this morning.

      • #404596
        Gryneos
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        I have seen all of the connection designations on my phone from 2G to 4G LTE. In all my time having a cellphone, I have never once seen the designations of ‘E’ and ‘H’ before. I found an old site which explains them all (back when 4G was the fastest imagined) : )

        https://techwelkin.com/meaning-mobile-symbols-g-e-2g-3g-h-4g-mobile-internet-signal-bar

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    • #404456
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      ..much further south than, say Amarillo?
      We’ve often joked where I live that Arkansas only has one snow plow. Slight exaggeration, but…..if ole Billy Bob hadn’t thrown every tax break possible at Walmart and Tyson, probably have lots more nice things for everyone else in the state, including more plows and salt trucks.

       

       

      • #404459
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        Don’t know if they still do, but San Antonio? They have none. They’re also 300 miles further south.

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      • #404595
        Gryneos
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        It’s about such equipment sitting idle for ten years or more at a time. You can’t let vehicles sit that long without regular maintenance and they would need that in case of the next big storm causing problems.

        It would be like asking the Cajun Navy to have airboats on hand in some part of the country which will not see hurricane-level flooding but once every few decades. No government is going to pay for the upkeep of them as they sit idle.

        Better would be to fully equip all of the National Guard units in the country in such a way that they are the ones which are called upon to do the snow-plowing or flood-rescues in those parts of the country which don’t see those kinds of disasters often. They can then do the maintenance and upkeep.

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        • #405454
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          Wouldn’t you still have to store the plows relatively close to the sites?  And wouldn’t the use requests tend to concentrate on the same days?  (e.g. in this case, TX likely has a lot of roads that need plowing.).

          I don’t see that having the guard involved would result in greater efficiency except maybe labor cost (assuming the Guard is *already* getting paid & just needs to change from guarding to plowing for a few days)

          And it wouldn’t seem very efficient to store plows in e.g. Arizona to be used in TX.  So it doesn’t seem that much, if anything, would be saved on storage or maintenance.

          • #405836
            Gryneos
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            is more likely to have multi-purpose vehicles already. I don’t know what they are, but have seen some in the past with dirt-plows attached to the front. Our veterans might know more about that kind of thing. But the point is that they already have the vehicles. I recall seeing their cherry-picker cranes in use in 1983 after Hurricane Alicia within a day of the storm passing (they were pulling trees off the tops of houses). I don’t know where they stored their equipment, and yet it was there quickly as needed.

            It remains a fact that it is simply not cost-effective or efficient for a city to keep on hand cold-weather equipment when it won’t get used but once every ten years (or sometimes longer). Unless you would like to personally pay for them and their upkeep? I’m sure if you’re wealthy enough any city on the Gulf Coast would be more than happy to accept your offer.

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        • #405856
          Haikugal
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          @gryneos Isn’t that how we used to do it? Declaim an emergency and send in the National Guard…what the citizens don’t even get the benefit of the ‘forces’ that they pay for? It’s all for the corporation now?

          Thanks for your post.

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          • #405859
            Haikugal
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            FL has nothing on me when it comes to spelling and now I can’t even correct myself…damn!!

            The DNC “big tent” excludes Nina Turner but includes John Kasich.
            God, guns, and gobbledygook...we live in an aquarium of nightmares.

          • #406088
            Gryneos
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            @Haikugal

            Yeah, it does seem like that’s what the Natl. Guard was good for and best at in the past. Now they’ve been turned into just another foreign fighting force when we need to keep them at home for the important stuff. And don’t worry about the spelling errors; we all miss them from time to time : )

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      • #404640
        ArtfromArk
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        And in case you haven’t noticed, the current, Republican, governor of the state bragged in his re-election campaign ads that he had cut taxes.

        “There’s a new spirit abroad in the land. The old days of ‘grab and greed’ are on their way out. We’re beginning to think of what we owe the other fellow, not just what we’re compelled to give him. The time’s coming… when we shan’t be able to fill our bellies in comfort while others go hungry, sleep in warm beds while others shiver in the cold.... And God willing, we’ll live to see that day…” Basil Rathbone,"Sherlock Holmes Faces Death" (Universal 1943)

    • #405472
      emme
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      The Republicans didn’t miss a beat continuing the corporate generosity.

      • #406132
        ArtfromArk
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        than it is now.

        I’ve also noticed that you have said you are in the St. Louis area. When was the last time you had ties to Arkansas? While I have lived out of the state for many years, I have kept up with events through relatives, and through regular visits back to the state. Why harp on “Billy Bob” when his Republican successors (Huckabee, Hutchinson) have been much worse? And the last Democratic governor of the state, Mike Beebe, actually worked for the benefit of regular Arkansans?

        “There’s a new spirit abroad in the land. The old days of ‘grab and greed’ are on their way out. We’re beginning to think of what we owe the other fellow, not just what we’re compelled to give him. The time’s coming… when we shan’t be able to fill our bellies in comfort while others go hungry, sleep in warm beds while others shiver in the cold.... And God willing, we’ll live to see that day…” Basil Rathbone,"Sherlock Holmes Faces Death" (Universal 1943)

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