The Lope: Joplin Ice Storm: Breaking News, Breaking Branches

Monday, December 10, 2007

Joplin Ice Storm: Breaking News, Breaking Branches

Special correspondent Steve Holmes (my brother) send me three great ice storm photos from Joplin, Missouri, today.

I asked him to send this view of a maple tree, seen through my mom's dining room window this afternoon. He was happy to do so, as they were without power and he said there was little else he could accomplish. As of 9:25 PM their power had been restored.

Compare to the same view, which I shot Thanksgiving Day.

If it looks familiar, you may have seen my shot of it this past January, during that ice storm. Note that the tree had a major branch on the top right that has now been broken.

As Steve has illustrated, mom's shrubs are not liking this either.

Steve checked out the KCS track, as seen from Lone Elm Road, looking north. It looks as if they are tending to problem branches.

I'll try to post some photos from Hutchinson, Kansas. It will be problematic as our power is erratic at the moment. It has been raining hard here since
this afternoon. The temperature is 27 degrees as I write this, and we are due for as much as 1.5 inches of freezing rain before this ends late tomorrow. We are so screwed - or not. It's the weather, so who knows?

I'd love to be able to photograph the vintage diesel locomotives pulling the Kansas City Southern's Holiday Express as it passes through Anderson, Missouri, Pittsburg, Kansas or Drexel, Missouri this week. That's a "wait and see" deal, at this point.


Blogger Roseykrh said...

Until I read this post I had never heard of the Holiday Express train. So, I went to their website and checked it out.

Now I truly hope you are able to make it to one of the scheduled stops, because there is no way I will and I would love to see you get some pictures of it. Your pictures are always awesome.

Mon Dec 10, 10:30:00 PM  

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