September 05, 2016

Aftermath of the Storm of the Cent... er Month

This was nowhere near a hurricane when it hit here and the winds and rain were comparable to a normal winter storm. However, there was an unusual number of trees down, which I account to the unusual wind direction (the storm skirted the coast, so the winds were blowing from the northwest as it moved north. This is different from either winter storms and unlike the few hurricanes that hit here the wind came from the same direction for an extended period, so trees that have grown against historical winds were treated to whatever passes for surprise in a tree.

The damage to the pier was unusual. It has ridden out many storms with far less damage.

The bigger concern was the extensiveness of the power outages, from what was a very weak storm. The grid down here still needs to be hardened, though I noted that, unlike Isabel, even gas stations that had no power for their shops were able to take cash and run their pumps off of generators...which is a big improvement. 

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1 The splitting of the wood seems to show that nails are contraindicated in pier construction....

Also makes me wonder about the possibility of using composite decking.

Posted by: Mauser at Wed Sep 7 19:23:08 2016 (5Ktpu)

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