And if I had a direct uplink, I could have beat the news with this.
I was out in the back with the dogs, and my little shih tzu who has been skitzo since the 4th, started freaking over some echoing booms. I called the wife inside and had her turn on the scanner, and lo and behold - a tanker had fallen off of 581/220 right off the side by the new Carilion buildings - landing between the NS coal yard (where they also had two fuel trucks as of yesterday) and the highway.

We jumped in the batmobile and flew to a secret spot here in SE, with a great look across the valley to Carilion and the Old Mill.

Here are the photos. (sorry for the crappy quality - it was the little camera)
Just another fireball in Roanoke...?
Lines of blinky lights, and a little spark of fire.
To be honest, we did travel - and this shot was taken in a different location - a bit closer, but the view was not any better.
Here's hoping all goes well tonight as they fight it out, or let it burn out. Keep the FF's safe, and the PD on scene. Let's hope that the Medics aren't needed tonight.

More photos to come, as I can get them cleaned up.
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Re: The ongoing cry for rail service to Roanoke

Found this article, well written and reasoned - by someone who had the guts to take an 86 hour journey from New York City to Oakland, CA via Amtrak.

Train In Vain


Liveblogging the storm

This is one massive storm...

There are wires down in the Hershberger/Preston area - NE

Tree on fire somewhere...

Scanners are a wonderful thing..

I guess we got lucky with the last few storms passing us by, and now it's our turn in the barrel.


Mill Mountain has vanished from view, transformers burnt out up in NE - I guess someone took a direct hit.


Mill Mountain Cam is not working suddenly...

5400 block of Airport Rd. - Wires on Fire across from Verizon, down and across the road

The Severe Thunderstorm warning is on until 5pm - and if you happen to live near the lake - consider this your warning. This is one heck of a storm.

Update 3

Accidents abound once again, as the rain driving abilities kick in..

Don't get soft folks - there's another line of heavy rain coming after the commercial break.

Update 4

looks like it's over, and we are in the clear... but back in WV, there might be a little something just for us - have to see how it develops...




See you soon.