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I also received these ebooks for review
I should note, I actually won A Want So Wicked from www.epicreads.com in one of their awesome giveaways! But since it’s an uncorrected proof, I’m still listing it as for review.
(because a book hoarder can’t help herself)
Thanks goes to E.J. Stevens, Melanie Nilles, Harper Teen, Harper and Bloomsbury Children’s Books.
Blogspiration is a weekly meme hosted by GrowingUp YA & Saz101. The meme was created to help spark inspiration among bloggers, readers & writers alike. An inspirational quote/picture/video is posted weekly, on the day of the author’s choosing, so that it may inspire creativity, conversation & just a little SOMETHING.
As some of you may have heard, or seen from my tweets, or hell, EXPERIENCED, the East Coast was hammered by a wicked storm on Friday night. Over 1.3million residents in the DC area alone were without power Friday through Saturday (I’m not sure what the number is now, but it still remains in the hundreds of thousands). This came at the worst imaginable time: we’re hitting triple digit temperatures with extreme humidity and we’re coming up on Independence Day in the Capitol (tourists, tourists and more tourists). My city was hit very hard; half of the residents lost power, phone and cellular use. 911 went down. Who do you call if you can’t dial 911 in an emergency? The local grocers (all but one) have no power and therefore can’t sell meats and frozen foods, nor process debit card transactions. The gas stations are out of gasoline (although the correlation between filling your car up with gas and losing electricity is beyond me…) and several water treatment plants have suggested boiling your drinking water to avoid infection from contamination. I was standing outside when a tree went, it scared the pants off me. I happened to be recording video of lightning at the time. But I wish I hadn’t been out there at all. In hindsight, it was pretty stupid. This all comes after hundreds of acres of Virginia forest were burning in wildfires. We needed the rain, mother nature certainly obliged. So this week’s Blogspiration is dedicated to all those that are still going without power, A/C, and drinking water. Please send a few prayers and/or thoughts to those who need it.
My pictures (and one video, pardon the language!) are below. Any pictures that are not my own will be captioned.
The video (I sound like an a-hole in this, don’t mind me. I was scared to death at the end). You should begin watching around 2:30. And keep in mind, someone was walking under the tree a minute before it came down. ONE MINUTE! You should hopefully see the flash at the very very end of the tree that fell as lightning lit it up, at the same time I was hitting the button to stop recording.
Here’s the tree the next morning (the reason we freaked and ran [well, I fell] inside is because it was so dark outside, we couldn’t see which tree or where it was falling. It just sounded close by. And it was!):
I started looking around for the stump, and I couldn’t find one. Then I looked UP.
That’s about 20 feet in the air. And probably 40 feet of tree snapped off, maybe more. Mother Nature wasn’t playing around Friday night! The residents of that building across from me are very lucky. They didn’t lose power, the tree didn’t go through any windows or walls or ceilings. In fact, another tree took a brunt of the hit and protected the building from any real damage.
All in all, 9 people died from this storm in the DC area alone. One man was electrocuted to death after running outside onto his soaking wet driveway to put out the fire a tree caused when it brought power lines down with it as it fell on his Maserati, causing it to burst into flames. His wife was also electrocuted but is fortunately still alive. Do not go out in storms, folks!
A Potomac Edison power line in WV
This chimney blew right off! This tree is blocking the road in what I think is NW (hard to tell though): A crushed Tundra: Uprooted:
Word of the week: DERECHO:
A derecho (Spanish: derecho “straight”, pronounced [de̞ˈɾe̞tʃo̞]), is a widespread and long-lived, violent convectively induced straight-line windstorm that is associated with a fast-moving band of severe thunderstorms in the form of a squall line usually taking the form of a bow echo. Derechos blow in the direction of movement of their associated storms, similar to a gust front, except that the wind is sustained and generally increases in strength behind the “gust” front. A warm weather phenomenon, derechos occur mostly in summer, especially June and July in the Northern Hemisphere. They can occur at any time of the year and occur as frequently at night as in the daylight hours.
What’s your blogspiration this week?
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