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Impact of Hurricane Hermine

3 Sep

2016 Hurricane Hermine

Its impact on our neighborhood
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, September 1, 2, and 3, 2016

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Florida State University closed at 12 Noon today due to the impending Hurricane Hermine’s arrival around midnight. Most of the people left around 12 Noon. I and VtS had to finish some essential work and left bit later than 3 PM. The skies were clear most of the day but started to rain occasionally after midday.
We tuned to radio and TV and watched the Hurricane slowly approach the Gulf Coast and it was expected to cross the shore around 1 AM and becoming a Hurricane from a Tropical Storm.We went to bed with power and cell phones working.
When we tuned to TV at 12 Midnight, Tallahassee has already experienced power outage for about 35,000 households. We had power and cell signals.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Around 1 AM there were couple of power flickers and we still had power. But may be around 1:30 AM we lost the power completely. The entire neighborhood was without power. We could hear howling winds outside our home. The tall pine trees behind our house was shaking badly and small branches started to fall down. Our neighbors front yard trees were shaking very badly. The rain was coming down hard.
We woke up around 7 AM to find out our neighbors tree had fallen down taking a road sign but not damaging any vehicles. We started to help clean out the tree by cutting small branches. It was humid, hot and tiring. VtS and I did some help in clearing it. I needed some rest.
We had running water and gas service. So showered in the morning. We had to use either a match stick or lighter to start our stove. Bhanu cooked food using the gas stove and had nice hot meal

Hurricane Hermine fell the tree

Working on neighbors fallen tree

Helping the neighbor

Small limbs fell out of the pine trees in our back yard

After few hours of work the tree is cleared so that cars can safely pass

Finally, with several folks help, the road was passable. We then went to FSU to asses the damage to my unit and VtS’ work. Only some signal lights worked, so went very cautiously. Most of the people were polite and careful! There was no power in any of the buildings in FSU. Our unit’s generator and VtS’s building’s generator were working keeping essential instrument/samples safe. I noticed a lot of water leak through emergency doors. I cleaned up as much as I can in all four floors. I met with couple of people asses the damage and updated people via e-mail which was still working. I had good cell signal via T-mobile but spotty signal via Virgin Mobile. My home landline was completely out. FSU’s WiFI was working (as per my colleague). Even WFSU was (NPR) not working in the afternoon (it was working at least until 11 AM this morning).

Water leakage in my work Unit

We then went home by 4 PM. Since we had running water and gas stove we prepared the meal for the night. We opened the fridge sparingly to avoid the food from going waste. We had showers multiple times since it was sticky with no A/C or fan.
In the evening it became cloudy and started to rain again and so we had to finish all our eating by 7:00 PM. We kept updates via web using T-mobile 4G service  and battery operated radio. There multiple bouts of rain showers throughout the night. It became clearer around 12 Midnight.
We then heard people working on a tree removal around 8 PM. We walked to Weems Road and noticed the utilities crews were working on the tree that had fallen on the power cables along the East side of the Weems Road. So we hoped that power could be restored soon.

Power and tree trimming crew working on the evening on Friday. The power would be restored next day early morning at 2 AM

Finally, around 1:45 AM on late Friday night (actually Saturday morning) the power was restored. It will be a lucky break for us.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Around 1:45 AM early this morning we got our power back. So essentially we were without power for almost 24 hours spanning two nights. I woke up and plugged all our phones and devices for recharging (our Anker 79AN7925 power bank helped our devices powered up during the storm).
We woke up around 6:30 AM and Bhanu had to go to EOC around 7:45 AM. We had our breakfast since we had now power. The skies were still cloudy with occasional bursts of sunlight.
As we went through the day we found out large swaths of Tallahassee residents were without power even as late as Saturday afternoon. FSU announced that they will resume operation only on Wednesday, September 7, 2016.
My unit didn’t have power as of Saturday afternoon. We requested refill of generator fuel and was delivered at 11:45 AM.
Hurricane Hermine's track

Hurricane Hermine’s track

All America City Celebration: Tallahassee

10 Jul

Tallahassee: All America City in 2015 Celebration

Friday, July 10, 2015, 7-9 PM

Cascades Park

Today the City of Tallahassee (www.talgov.com) celebrated the second time selection of Tallahassee (the first time was in 1999) as the All America City award from National Civic League. The celebrations were held at the Cascades Park, the newly renovated park near Meyers Park neighborhood.

All three of us went there around 7 PM and hung around the park. There were jets of water with music at the Imagination Foundation starting at 8 PM. We watched it for sometime and walked around the park. It was a fun celebration.

Cascades Park, Tallahassee, FL. All America City Celebration 2015

Cascades Park, Tallahassee, FL. All America City Celebration 2015

Imagination Fountain at the Cascades Park

Imagination Fountain at the Cascades Park

Imagination Fountain at the Cascades Park

Imagination Fountain at the Cascades Park

Cascades Park, Tallahassee, FL

Cascades Park, Tallahassee, FL

My Europe Travels

10 Jun

The extent of my travels in Europe

Latitudes and Longitudes of my European Travels

While perusing through some websites and thinking about the places I have visited during my travels over the last four decades a thought occurred to me that wont it be nice to plot the latitudes and longitudes of my travels.

This occurred to my during my trip to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada in early June 2015. Since it was early summer and the location had high north latitude there was plenty of sunlight both late in the evening and early in the morning.

So I found two websites that provided the information I needed: 1)http://www.darrinward.com/lat-long/?id=620205 and 2)http://itouchmap.com/latlong.html. Using these websites I first constructed the North, East, West, and South extends of my travels in Europe.

60.399445,5.317817 (Bergen, Norway)

59.327447,18.103795 (Stockholm, Sweden)

51.470022,-0.454295 (London, England)

41.902144,12.455814 (Vatican, Vatican)

The map below shows this graphically the same thing.

EUTravelLatLongNEWS

MY America Travels

8 Jun

My America Travels

The extent of my travels in the Americas

Latitudes and Longitudes of my Americas Travels

While perusing through some websites and thinking about the places I have visited during my travels over the last four decades a thought occurred to me that wont it be nice to plot the latitudes and longitudes of my travels.

This occurred to my during my trip to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada in early June 2015. Since it was early summer and the location had high north latitude there was plenty of sunlight both late in the evening and early in the morning.

So I found two websites that provided the information I needed: 1) http://www.darrinward.com/lat-long/?id=620205 and 2) http://itouchmap.com/latlong.html. Using these websites I first constructed the North, East, West, and South extends of my travels in the Americas.

52.133214,-106.670046 (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada) NORTH
44.385633,-68.202782 (Bangor, ME) EAST
37.770489,-122.511278 (San Francisco, CA) WEST
25.054647,-77.402287 (Nassau, The Bahamas)  SOUTH

The map below shows this graphically the same thing.

AmericaTravelLatLongNEWS

My Travels in the United States

5 Jun

My USA Travels

The extent of my travels in the United States of America

Latitudes and Longitudes of my USA Travel

While perusing through some websites and thinking about the places I have visited during my travels over the last four decades a thought occurred to me that wont it be nice to plot the latitudes and longitudes of my travels.

This occurred to my during my trip to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada in early June 2015. Since it was early summer and the location had high north latitude there was plenty of sunlight both late in the evening and early in the morning.

So I found two websites that provided the information I needed: 1) http://www.darrinward.com/lat-long/?id=615166 and 2) http://itouchmap.com/latlong.html. Using these websites I first constructed the North, East, West, and South extends of my travels in the United States of America. Here I have more than four locations since some of them representative both West and South and some are North and East

44.9799700,-93.2638400 (Minneapolis, MN) NORTH
44.385633,-68.202782 (Bangor, ME) EAST
37.770489,-122.511278 (San Francisco, CA) WEST
32.542611,-117.031324 (Chula Vista, CA) SOUTH (WEST)
24.546318,-81.79759 (Key West, FL) SOUTH

The map below shows this graphically the same thing.

USATravelLatLongNEWS

Extent of my travels in the USA.

Appa Would have been 88 today

8 Dec

Appa’s 88th BD Posthumously

December 08, 2014

Tallahassee, FL

Our appa would have turned 88 if he were alive today. We were fortunate to celebrate his 86th when we all were present in Chengalpattu on Saturday, December 08, 2012. Mom was also present and we celebrated the joint birthday for both of them (mom’s was one moth later and she turned 72 then). Today neither of them are physically with us. However, they are always present and watching over us.

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Appakutti Somasundaram Thayumanswamy Pillai at his residence in Vedaraniam (Thirumaraikadu) with two of his pet deer. He would be around 20 years old in this undated photo.

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(Left to Right) Sekar (Somasundaram), V. Appakutti Pillai, Thiyagarajan, Sambasivam, Thillaikkarsi, and Thayumanswamy Pillai at our residence’s front office. The desk in front is my dad’s official desk. This was probably taken around 1970-71 based on usha’s mottai!

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Appa and Amma on Saturday, December 08, 2012 on appa’s 86th birthday in Chengal Pattu, Tamil Nadu, India

New Carpet Installed

19 Nov

New Loop Pile Carpet Installed

Old Berber Carpet Removed

Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014, 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM

After a two-day long rain delay, we got our home’s 14-year old carpet removed and new carpet installed via our local hardware store’s installers. We had picked the “Loop Pile” type and “Romanza” model from the vendor. The installer who had come earlier and estimated the needed carpet came with his partner and brought the carpet inside the house.

Outside the house the temperatures were just above freezing (34 deg F). So they brought the carpet rolls inside and left it to warm up. I cranked the heat up to 73 deg F. Then they went moved all the big furniture out of the two rooms they would start their work first. Then they went ahead and ripped the old carpet and the pad leaving behind only the nails at the exterior edges of the concrete flooring. They then swept clean the concrete floors getting it ready for the carpet installation.

They then brought the carpet in and laid it on the floor to thaw some more. Then they stretched it with their machines and installed, cut it, and secured using the nails. This way they completed the three rooms with 1/2 hour break for lunch. They then vacuumed the new carpet floor. Then they brought the furniture back to their original location. They were done by 3:30 PM. I gave them my token appreciation and they were very happy.

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