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|On Mar 17, 2011, jasonwiles Frederick, MD wrote:
Posted on March 16, 2011, updated March 17, 2011
On March 16th, 2011, jasonwiles added the following:
"Posted from Local Paper"
The Maryland Emergency Management Agency activated to a Level 3 Saturday afternoon, due to high winds around the state and a large number of resulting brush and structure fires, several road closures and some power outages. Level 3 means representatives of several state agencies involved in firefighting, law enforcement, transportation and emergency medical response joined MEMA staff in the state emergency operations center.
At that time local jurisdictions were fighting numerous fires around the state. The heaviest fire activities were located in Prince George’s County. Small portions of several state highways were reported closed with partial lane restrictions in Baltimore, Howard and Prince George’s counties as of 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
A power outage in the Pikesville section of Baltimore County cut power to a water pumping station serving parts of Baltimore County and adjacent areas of Baltimore City. The station is operated by the Baltimore City department of public work.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources deployed its forestry firefighting equipment to assist on several large fires around the state.
As of 6:30 p.m. Saturday, approximately 8,000 customers were without electric service around Maryland, with about 1,500 each in Anne Arundel, Harford and Prince George’s counties.
On March 16th, 2011, jasonwiles added the following:
February 18, 2011
Hold onto your hat; high wind watch up tonight
Sounds like a wild weekend ahead, with highs in the 70s Friday afternoon, gusts to 50 mph overnight into Saturday, and some whispers about rain and snow Monday into Monday night. Ready? Here goes:
This morning's overcast skies will burn off and forecasters say skies should become at least partly sunny Friday afternoon. That will help bring temperatures into the 70s across much of Central Maryland. The high at BWI-Marshall on Thursday touched 71 degrees. That gave us an average temperature for the day of 56 degrees, which was 20 degrees above the long-term average for the date.
The forecast high for Friday at BWI is 73 degrees. Sterling often shoots low on our warm days, so don't be surprised if we top that.
The real excitement comes late in the day and overnight. The warm air rushing into the region from the southwest and west is doing so ahead of an approaching cold front. The front is draped southward from a strong low-pressure system crossing the Great Lakes today.
As the front approaches and passes through, it will be mostly dry. But winds will pick up. A lot. Sterling is predicting sustained winds in northeast Maryland from 20 to 30 mph, with gusts to 50 mph. Some locations, especially the Appalachian ridges, could see gusts to 60 mph.
BGE is anticipating more power outages from the wind storm. They said Friday the winds "could very likely cause trees and tree limbs already weakened by last month's heavy, wet snow and wind, to fall onto power lines and other electric delivery equipment, causing power outages. BGE has more than 650 employees and contractors on stand-by for restoration work..."
UPDATE: 5 P.M.: The weather service has also issued a High Wind Warning from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, from Allegany County east to Harford, and south to Prince George's and Anne Arundel counties. The warning says we can expect the high winds to reach their strongest speeds between 10 a.m. and 5 a.m. Saturday.
The NWS says: "BE PREPARED FOR POWER OUTAGES...AND DOWNED TREES AND LARGE BRANCHES. ENSURE LOOSE OBJECTS ON YOUR PROPERTY ARE SECURED OR BROUGHT INSIDEA HIGH WIND WARNING MEANS A HAZARDOUS HIGH WIND EVENT IS EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS OF AT LEAST 40 MPH OR GUSTS OF 58 MPH OR MORE CAN LEAD TO PROPERTY DAMAGE."
And that returns us to the issue of wildfire dangers.
UPDATE, 4 p.m.: The NWS has issued a Red Flag Warning for the entire state of Maryland east of Cumberland. The warning is in effect from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Saturday. Expect sustained winds from 25 to 35 mph, with gusts betweeen 50 and 60 mph.
"A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW...OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF
STRONG WINDS...LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AND WARM TEMPERATURES WILL
CREATE EXPLOSIVE FIRE GROWTH POTENTIAL"
Relative humidities will be desert-like, between 15 and 25 percent. High winds and dry fuels only add to the danger that discarded cigarettes or careless outdoor burning will ignite a fire that will quickly get out of control.
Temperatures will cool slowly behind the front, holding in the upper 40s to near 50 degrees through the weekend, even under sunny skies. Forecast models show another storm system approaching for President's Day. Forecasters are looking for a 40 percent chance of rain Monday. And with temperatures falling back into the 20s Monday night, some of the models are raising the possibility of the rain mixing with or changing to snow overnight into Tuesday.
"Confidence is low" on that snow thing, forecasters say. So let's not think about that.
(SUN PHOTO: Jed Kirschbaum, 2003)
On March 17th, 2011, jasonwiles added the following:
The customer received the product in good faith and as advertised. We have been selling the same product for over 10 years with no such complaints or damage issues. The customer has also not had any deer damage nor mentioned having any deer damage which shows that the fence is functioning as described. The fence posts that we sold are the same style, strength and type of post sold for chain link fencing. We do not provide installation services, and therefore we can only assist customers over the phone with the layout and standard needs of a fence installation. The customer also ordered more rolls of fence in August of 2010 a month or so later without ordering more posts or bracing which he would have needed to expand the fence that he ordered in June. We can only assume that the lack of more bracing with the additional fencing along with the extreme wind caused a failure in the system. We cannot be held responsible for a damaged fence when something hits the fence; extreme wind blows it down, and or improper bracing. We recommended that the customer replace the posts, and to add braces in order to solve the installation problem. The customer discounted the advice and demanded we pay a lump sum of monies or he would bash our company on the internet. The customer has already made a complaint on a popular site that included a claim that the customer purchased a potting bench form us that was of poor quality which we have no record of in our system. If you search weather history during the time of the accident the extreme winds caused significant power outages, blown off roofs and significant damage to the mid-Atlantic area which should be considered an act of god. We make no claim to repair or replace fence from wind or other said damage on our site, verbally or in offsite advertising. We only make claims of use and the claims of use for keeping deer out have been implied and satisfied in writing by the customer. Our solution for the customer is to replace the posts and to add more bracing on that line to support the additional rolls ordered in August.