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Hurricane Michael Headed For Florida Panhandle

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

The National Hurricane Center is forecasting Hurricane Michael to make landfall potentially as a Category 3 storm near Panama City, FL Wednesday afternoon or evening. Heavy rainfall, flash flooding and damaging winds are forecast for the Florida Panhandle. Moderate to strong winds and 2-4 inches of additional rainfall are expected as Michael moves Northeast across Georgia into The Carolinas Thursday and Friday.

Hurricane Michael will continue to intensify and is forecast to strike Florida's Panhandle as a Category 3 with dangerous storm surge flooding, destructive winds and flooding rainfall. Michael will also bring heavy rain and strong winds to other parts of the Southeast after it moves inland.

Michael is currently centered about 20 miles southwest of the western tip of Cuba and is moving north.

Source:National Hurricane Center, https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

Dry weather delays 4,685-acre Ochoco NF burn

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire managers on the Ochoco National Forest have been watching the forecast weather, looking for a burn window between archery and rifle hunting seasons to accomplish the 4,685-acre Canyon prescribed burn southwest of Walton Lake announced previously.

With the chance of precipitation that did not come about last week, and the drop in confidence of precipitation to come in the next week, the burn will be postponed to a later date. the forest announced Thursday. 

The Forest Service will continue watching the weather forecast for prescribed burning opportunities and communicating plans for future prescribed burns as they are considered to give the community and visitors to this area as much notice as possible before burning.

source: KTVZ 21

Bathroom Water Damage, Redmond Oregon

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

This historic home in Redmond, Oregon had a line break in the utility room, causing water to spill into multiple rooms in the home.

SERVPRO of Bend's water team was called out to assess the damage. Since this is an older home and is registered in the city archives as a historical landmark, the team had to be extra sensitive to what could and could not be saved.

After testing all of the materials, SERVPRO of Bend was able to dry most of the affected areas. This allowed for only a amount of materials needing to be replaced in the home.

The Importance of Draining Pipes for Winter

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

A majority of our customers who have suffered a water lost due to a broken pipe ask us how it could have been avoided. At SERVPRO of Bend, we're always glad to assist with helping our customers to take preventative measures at avoiding future property damage. Here are some maintenance tasks you can take to prevent future losses when the temperatures begin to drop.

  1. Shut off the main water valve. It may be located inside or outside of your house. If you cannot locate the main source, contact your local water supply company.
  2. Drain pipes of water. Turn on every water fixture in the house until the water stops running. Drain all water outside of the house by attaching a hose to a sill cock or basement faucet. Open all faucets and flush all toilets in the house, starting with the top floor and working your way down. Remove the toilet tank cover and continue flushing until all of the water has drained out.
  3. Force the water out. Use an air compressor to force any remaining water out of the pipes. Starting on the top floor, apply bursts of air to the main drains for several seconds each.
  4. Drain appliances. Turn on the dishwasher and allow it to run to clear water from the drain line. Run both hot and cold water through the washing machine to flush out all the lines. Open the shut-off valve beneath each toilet to allow compressed air to blow out water for a few seconds each, then close the valve.
  5. Extra Protection: Pour anti-freeze into all sink and bathtub drains. Add a small amount of anti-freeze to each toilet tank.
  6. When you are ready to use the water again, turn on the main water valve and let each fixture run until the pipes are full.

Kitchen fire damages SW Bend home

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

A kitchen fire caused about $5,000 damage at a southwest Bend home Tuesday afternoon, officials said.

Crews were called to the reported fire shortly before 5 p.m. in the 100 block of Southwest McKinley Avenue.

Crews arrived to find a fire on the stove, extending into the cabinets. They quickly put out the fire and overhauled the area to make sure there was no further extension.

The fire caused minor damage to the home, with some smoke throughout. Losses were estimated at $5,000 to the structure and $100 worth of contents.

The fire began on the stove top, as a container of cooking oil overheated and the vapors ignited.

The resident covered the burning oil with a lid to extinguish the fire, but it already had extended into the upper cabinet.

IT is recommended that residents cover a stove top fire with a lid, and never use water on an oil fire.

Source: https://www.ktvz.com/news/kitchen-fire-damages-sw-bend-home/802337143

Washing Machine Hose Break, NW Bend

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

This home in Southwest Bend suffered a water loss when their washing machine line broke. The loss occurred in the utility room and ran for a few hours before the property owner came home and noticed that there was water pooling on her kitchen floor.

After attempting to wipe up the water with a shop vacuum, the property owner realized that the damage was to extensive for her to clean up on her own. She called SERVPRO of Bend to come out and take a look. When technicians arrived, they realized that the water was still running from the broken hose in the utility room.

SERVPRO of Bend's water team began extracting the standing water and metering areas where the damage occurred. After removing the affected materials, the team created a drying plan. Air Movers and Dehumidifiers were set in the affected areas. After two days of drying, SERVPRO of Bend was able to dry the structure and begin rebuilding the damaged areas.

Hurricane Florence becomes Category 3 storm

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricane Florence strengthened to a Category 3 storm Monday as it continued to rapidly intensify on its path toward the Carolinas and the Mid-Atlantic coast. 

Up and down the coast, residents are rushing to ready emergency kits, map out escape routes and secure their homes in preparation for the onslaught of rain and wind the rapidly intensifying Hurricane Florence is expected to bring later this week.

The National Hurricane Center said in its 11:10 a.m. ET advisory that Florence was rapidly strengthening into a major hurricane. It is about 580 miles southeast of Bermuda – or about 1,240 miles from Cape Fear, N.C. 

Drawing energy from the warm water, Florence could strengthen further, into a fearsome Category 4 with winds of 130 mph or more by Tuesday. It's expected to remain an extremely dangerous major hurricane through Thursday.

source: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/09/10/hurricane-florence-becomes-category-3-storm-as-it-barrels-toward-carolinas-mid-atlantic-states.html

Fast-moving fire erupts north of Redding, California

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

Unfortunately, a new fire has erupted in Redding, California.

A fast-moving fire that started Wednesday afternoon north of Redding forced drivers to abandon their vehicles on Interstate 5 and authorities to evacuate several small mountain communities.

The Delta fire was reported about 12:51 p.m. north of Lakehead, a community of about 500 people near the Vollmers exit on I-5.

The fire quickly grew to at least 5,000 acres by late Wednesday, with no containment. About 600 firefighters and support personnel are working the fire, which is burning through timber and thick brush with no recent fire history on both sides of the freeway.

The Delta fire is about 10 miles from the Hirz fire, a 46,142-acre fire burning in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. The Hirz fire is 75% contained.

 source: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-delta-fire-20180905-story.html#

August was warmer, drier than average in Bend, Prineville

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

National Oceianic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Pendleton, Oregon temperatures in Bend and Prineville averaged warmer than normal for August.

The average temperature was 65.8 degrees, which was 2 degrees above normal. High Temperatures averaged 83.5 degrees, which was 2.2 degrees above normal. The highest was 100 degrees on the 9th. Low temperatures averaged 48.1 degrees, which was 1.8 degrees above normal. The lowest was 38 degrees, on the 24th.

The Bend outlook for September from NOAA's Climate Prediction Center calls for near to above-normal temperatures and below-normal precipitation. Normal highs for Bend fall from 78 degrees at the start of September to 69 degrees at the end of September. Normal lows fall from 43 degrees to 36 degrees. The 30-year normal precipitation is 0.41 inches.

Source: NOAA.org

Tropical Storm Gordon Approaching Northern Gulf Coast

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Tropical Storm Gordon is quickly heading toward a landfall tonight along the northern Gulf Coast as a Category 1 hurricane.

The National Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane warning from the mouth of the Pearl River, Mississippi, to the border between Alabama and Florida.

A hurricane warning means hurricane-force winds (74-plus mph) are expected in the area indicated beginning this evening.

Tropical storm warnings are posted from west of the mouth of the Pearl River, Mississippi, to east of Grand Isle, Louisiana, including Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas, as well as from the Alabama-Florida border to the Okaloosa-Walton County line in Florida.

A tropical storm warning is typically issued when tropical-storm-force winds (39-plus mph) are expected in 36 hours or less – by Tuesday afternoon.

Source: https://weather.com/safety/hurricane/news/2018-09-03-tropical-storm-gordon-hurricane-gordon-forecast-us-gulf-coast