Just Something I Like to Do
I just got back from 10 days of Irma Storm Chasing.
I go into an area where there is a storm coming. This time it was Orlando. We were put up in a hotel and for 24 hours we watched the storm attack the area. I was on the 12th floor of a motel watching lightning strikes, debris flying around and the rain coming down. The next two days we stayed in the hotel without power and waited for the area to be declared safe for us to go out.
Once it was safe we went over to Lake Wales and started looking at power lines and circuits to determine why the power to neighborhoods was out. We rode paved roads through neighborhoods and we rode sand roads through orange groves. The first neighborhood, first trouble was 3 homes that had burned during the storm. We found lines down, trees on lines, poles that snapped and other problems. We circled them on the maps and handed it off to our supervisor. Now when the line crews and tree crews went out to the area, they knew what to take to fix the problems...no running back and forth to get supplies and more equipment. Our scouting gets power back on quicker. We isolate the troubles so the repair crews can work on fixing problems, not scouting to find the problems.
Everyone who knows me knows I love storms and this job gets me up close and personal, but it also lets me help out...so if you see a storm on the weather channel, know that I will be watching and waiting for the call to go. I love storm chasing!!