Has anybody ever seen Ang Lee's film The Ice Storm, starring Elijah Wood, Kevin Klein, Sigourney Weaver, and Christina Ricci, among others? Well, we just had a storm like that here in the Hoosier State. In case you don't know, an ice storm is a rain storm in which freezing air temperatures cause all the rain to turn to ice when it hits the surface. As a result, everything is iced up. It was so severe that about 85% of Delaware County (including us) was without electricity for about two days. The governor declared a state of emergency, and 200 work crews from as far away as North Carolina and Virginia had to be brought in to help repair the 400 power lines that were knocked down, plus all the transformers that blew up. It was weird, because not only was it totally dark outside, but we were completely cut off from the world, with the exception of a small shortwave radio my step-dad has. While the storm was happening, all we could hear at night were sirens from the many police cars, fire trucks, and ambulances responding to emergencies throughout the city, and tree limbs falling down. Right now, the ice on the trees (which will kill many of them) makes it look as though they're made of glass. There are fallen tree branches all over the streets, as well as numerous live wires.
Anyway, we're all okay now, and we have electricity again.