RE: [gardeners] The Freezing Rain Warning Has Ended

Lillian Kepp (
Sat, 10 Jan 98 19:34:22 PST

Saw all the news footage on the Weather Channel.  What a mess up 
there.  I guess northern New York state and some of the New England 
states didn't fare too well either.  But nothing as bad as what's 
going on in Canada.

Take care,

On Fri, 09 Jan 1998 20:56:29 -0500  Marianne Lepa wrote:
>Thank god. 
>The freezing rain warning for most of eastern Ontario has ended, 
the first
>time it's been off here since Tuesday afternoon. We have a weekend 
>flurries and then more freezing rain is anticipated for Monday.
>Eastern Ontario and Quebec has been devestated by ice rain for the 
last 4
>or 5 days. In my area we escaped the earlier storms, but were 
visited by
>this last round that started on Wednesday night. I was very lucky 
to be at
>the western-most end of the warned area and have come through 
>unscathed. I took a little drive this afternoon, and, starting just 
5 miles
>to the east of me, it looks like there's been a war. The further 
east I
>drove the worse it got. Large trees are completely denuded of 
branches, on
>some the branches have broken and torn away, ripping large strips 
of bark
>along the length of the trunk. Smaller trees are uprooted and down 
>power lines, fences and barns. Even the smallest twig is carrying 
an inch
>or more of ice on it. The power is out for most people, out in the country
>they've been told to expect no power until at least the middle of next
>week, maybe longer. 
>I've been keeping in touch by phone with friends in the city of Kingston.
>They have been told not to expect their power back until possibly Sunday.
>I've heard estimates that over 40 percent of the trees in the worst hit
>areas will be lost. Kingston, Ottawa and Montreal are heavily treed cities,
>much of their charm comes from these old and stately maples and oaks. It's
>unbearably tragic.
>Southeastern Ontario AgCan zone 5b