It's been apeshit crazy! Because the power generating plants were built without insulated pipes (because insulating pipes is SOOOO expensive!), water pipes burst and shut plants down, sending the grid into panic mode. Instead of letting the grid careen out of control like a ship with no wheels, the brain trust at ERCOT instigated rolling blackouts to reduce stress on the grid. America's Largest Department Store was asked to shut down escalators, air handlers, and accent lighting to reduce consumption. When word came out that electricity was being acquired from Mexico to prop up the grid, rumors that it wasn't "clean power" with reliable voltage caused people to panic even further. Of course, modern children can't be expected to sit in a classroom with no climate control, so schools were closed, causing parents to leave work early, blah, blah, blah.
Now, the Mayor has pretty much asked the city to shut itself down tomorrow. "Stay off the roads", we're told. "There might be ice!" "Non essential personnel should stay put." "Drip your faucets so your pipes won't burst". So ridiculous! IF ( and that's a big "if") we get snow or ice, the chances of any of it sticking are slim to none. 95% of the homes around here are built on slab foundations, so the pipes can't freeze or burst. Yet, these idiots will run their water all night long, draining pressure from the public water system to the extent that it can't be pressurized. That part's almost a given, so like a good citizen, Miss G has filled her bathtubs with water so she can flush the commodes tomorrow. She's got the furnace on, so she's not worried about pipes freezing, but she got to thinking that if we do get freezing rain, falling branches will break the power lines, so she went to Lowes to get some propane canisters for her little gas heater. Miss G figures if she has propane on hand, she'll wake up tomorrow and all will be normal. However, if she doesn't have any propane, Snowmaggedon 2011 will render Chez G an icebox for days on end. So, out she goes to hedge her bets.
OMG! Lowes looks like it's been looted by rioting Egyptians! There's a big sign on the door written in magic marker that says "Sorry- no more electric heaters!" There's not a battery or flashlight to be found in the place! And there are pallets of bottled water up and down the aisles- Miss Ginger presumes to aid those who may have forgotten to fill their bathtubs!
As of now, Miss G expects to get up and go to work tomorrow. However, there are some pretty treacherous bridges and overpasses between her and tomorrow's site, so if Snowmaggedon comes, she's staying home with the kitties! The mayor told her to!