The ice is pelting down right now. I don't expect this storm will be as bad as the last since it started as ice. Last time it rained all day and then turned to ice and the soaked branches iced all the way through. It was just too heavy.
My emergency preparedness has consisted of filling the pantry and refrigerator, sanding down all the walkways, putting a heat lamp on the porch for the outdoor cats, washing the dishes, washing the clothes, washing the children, putting wood in the stove and charging the cell phone. I have a barbecue pork roast in the crock pot for dinner tonight and the number for reporting an electric outage posted by the old-fashioned phone (the new phones don't work without electricity, you know).
Although many report we Oklahomans are acting a little crazy buying up groceries and wood and sand, I must say the last ice storm taught me many lessons about being prepared. For instance, if you don't clear your garbage disposal before the electricity goes off, your house will STINK in a few days. Anyway, having extra groceries and wood and sand around really isn't a bad thing. Hopefully we won't need it all, but at least we'll have it if we do.
"This is a one-in-maybe-15- to 25-year event," CNN severe weather expert Chad Myers said Friday of the forecast freezing rain, sleet and snow. The big story will be how many roads are shut down, airports are shut down and how many power lines are down because of the ice this weekend," Myers added.