It is official, the storm I was talking about my previous post has been hash tagged “ice storm 2013.” The storm got worse over right, literally every parking lot is a sheet of ice, every tree has either fallen over or parts broke off, half the city doesn’t have power and isn’t expected to get power until Christmas day. If you stand by a window you will hear cracking of a tree that is falling over, it’s actually a creepy sound. My boyfriend picked me up at 12:30 PM last night, so everyone was in their houses and there was no cars, all I could hear is the trees by the school I live fall down. I didn’t know what tree it was because they were so loud I thought they were the ones by me. Salt doesn’t do anything for the ice that is everywhere, you literally have to scrap it off if you don’t want to slip. Hydro lines have fallen down because we put the lines along the roads where the trees are so that’s why the power is off.
Early a generator exploded and it made the sky go purple, red and blues in Toronto. It’s honestly really bad here, trees are falling on houses, people and pets. Everyone is still in the Christmas rush so they aren’t following the rule if the stop lights aren’t working, treat it as a four way stop. When I drove by the mall on my way home, the parking lot was still packed. Both my boyfriend and I work in rec centers, he is maintenance and I’m a lifeguard. He had to go into work because even though all the programs are cancelled the recs turn into safe havens, so people with no power can go there to warm up. If they need people to do first aid they could call all the lifeguards to come help out but that would only happen in a really bad situation.
The radio here is nothing but where to go if you don’t have power, how to drive, telling everyone to go slow and don’t rush anywhere, the weather and telling everyone to stay inside. The weather for here is that the ice storm warning is over but it is still raining, it’s getting warm so it’s really foggy now but later tonight the temperature is suppose to drop so everything will be a sheet of ice again. This weather is going to be here for awhile as long as it stays this cold and even if it does get warm it will melt but at night it always drops below freezing.
Cleaning off your car is terrible, the scrapper wasn’t even working on the car windows. My boyfriend just started to beat the window with the brush do it would crack so you can even get the scrapper to get under the ice. It worked but don’t bang too hard. My friend actually was using a blow dryer to get into her car which would work but would take all day long.
My family is just chilling at home and getting ready for Christmas and avoiding the storm. Tomorrow people start coming over so we have to go down to meet them to keep them from falling. My family parks underground and we have a two car parking spot, tomorrow we are going to get my uncle to park there then walk up the long way so we don’t have to walk on ice.
This is just my point of view, I know people will have a worst story to write about since trees are falling on houses and cars. Please be careful out there!