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Old 06-30-2008, 09:35 AM
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Wow! What a show last night. We had hundreds of lightning strikes around us. I was up all night on fire watch ( I have 3,000 acres of wheat just ready to harvest). Got called out to fight a fire at the neighbors ranch about 8:30pm. He lost $500,000 worth of crop last night. Mine was safe, but they are calling for more "dry" thunderstorms tonight. We had a strike about 1/4 mile from the house that took out about 3 miles of powerpoles. Wildest thing I've ever seen. Some of the poles were snapped off about half way up the pole! I'll try and post some pics this afternoon.
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Wow, I seen on the news that lighting was all around us in Prinville, but I did not see a strike one here. And only a few large rian drops.
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Wow! Bummer about your neighbor's crops but good news on yours

We saw some lightning around Eugene Sat night & Sun night. Nothing very close though. Had one helluva thunder clap hit about 0200 this morning though. Scared the *$# out of me! Heard quite a few more mellower claps after that but never saw any flashes.
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We had it 360 deg around us. Took 44 power poles out. been without power several times today. More of this stuff comming tonight.
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Here's a couple of pics of the power poles that went down. 64 poles, about 3 miles worth! Power has been off and on here all day. I was talking with the power crew this afternoon, and they said it will cost over $300,000 to fix this mess. We are on fire watch all night again tonight. Wish me luck!


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We had 3 of the fires start up again today, but my crop is still ok..................
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Glad to hear things are ok with your crops. Prineville got rattled last nite, but did not last to long. We are getting alot of smoke form over by Dayville.
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Had another "light show" again last night. Man, If I could just tap into all that power! I'd never have to buy electricity again.........No 911 calls, so I sent the fire crew home about 2AM. Now back to work at 5AM. Farming is soooo much fun.
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