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BonnieQ and Washington’s Worst Storm ~~ Prayers Needed

Reprint from Truth Seekers and Speakers (link in Blogroll) 12-18-06

Please forgive the lack of a Sabbath Broadcast this last Saturday. However, TSaS was hit by the worst storm in Western Washington’s history, last Thursday afternoon, with winds gusting as high as 85mph, which is consider hurricane category-1 force, and rainfall was as much as one inch within an hour. Over a million people were without power almost immediately, which included north Mason County where BonnieQ lives. Today, there still remain tens of thousands without power.

Additionally, lightening struck a transformer in Bonnie’s area, which exploded and downed a line across the only road coming into the small community. One of the substations serving this area also sustained considerable damage. A power company representative reported to news agencies that they were in a catch-22 situation: many areas had to be cleared of huge trees across access roads before they could even get to power plants and substations, then they had to repair plants before getting to substations. Also, they also were faced with many power poles snapped in half, which to replace can take at least six hours to replace just a pole.

Main power plants all over the area of Western Washington were badly damaged thus unable to supply the various substations and, from there, people’s homes and businesses. TSaS power went out about 7:40pm Thursday evening but, mercifully, it was restored at about 4:30pm yesterday, Sunday. Power crews were called in from numerous other states to aid Washington’s already exhausted crews: California, Utah, Nevada, Oregon, Idaho and several other states.

For the most part, many phone services also went down, including TSaS; not because lines were taken out necessarily but because there were so many desperate calls that phone companies had to temporarily shut down random trunk lines, then alternate the shut downs. So, phone service was sporadic at best when a trunk line was opened again for a few hours.

Currently, there are 5 known deaths: 1 man electrocuted by a downed line along with his dog, a woman drowned in her basement while trying to save some electronic equipment as it was being flooded by a mudslide, and three others by downed trees. As furiously as the fire department attempted to cut through the floor above that woman’s basement, it just was not fast enough: water pressure prevent her or firefighters from opening the basement door. There have been over 36 people placed in hyperbaric chambers, forgive the possible misspelling, of several hospitals for carbon monoxide poisoning: attempting to heat houses with propane camp stoves and camp heaters: before the storm hit newscasters had warned people not to do this.

BonnieQ’s place is surrounded by 50-foot fir trees and, while none of them came down, there was a tremendous amount of limbs ripped from the trees; some as big as 8-inches in diameter. The Lord, however, protected the house and that of her neighbors, only small branches getting close to Bonnie’s. The storm came out of the south, thus news reporters had cautioned people to avoid south bedrooms and all upstairs bedrooms. Bonnie had moved herself and her ferrets to the central living room in accordance.

BonnieQ has no alternate source of heat but did manage until midday Saturday. At that point her body was beginning to show signs of early hypothermia: hurting all over, hands experiencing a burning sensation, and feeling extremely tired. Having seen a report on hypothermia a few months before, she recognized her symptoms and knew she and her ferrets, who have no winter coats, had to get to warmth and keep moving until she could relocate. Praise God, her neighbor, Alice, heats with a woodstove and propane hot water, and quickly took in Bonnie and her two ferrets before it was too late! 

Bonnie plopped the ferrets into their small pet carrier, gathered up a change of clothes and headed over to Alice’s. When she went to take a shower and shampoo her hair, she discovered her shampoo frozen solid. This is how cold it got inside the single-wide mobile home in which she lives. Since she is merely caretaker of the property, Bonnie can do nothing about getting alternate heat, nor could she afford the cost, and the property trustee does not want to bear such a cost for an old mobile home.

Nevertheless, all is well now at TSaS, except for a tremendous mess to clean up outside; however, this last Sabbath’s broadcast, which some of you might have noticed did not go out timely, still will not go out to members until next Sabbath. We at TSaS pray that all of you, some of whom do live in Western Washington and Canada, are warm and well. If you live in our part of the State, do send an email to TSaS to let us know how you have weathered the fierce storm, and we will share your news with your brethren.

Keep safe and keep the faith!

UPDATE: 12-20-06 . . .  Western Washington still has about 250,000 people without power and heat, death tolls continue to rise and includes entire families lost to carbon monoxide poisoning, hundreds of people in hospital hyperbaric chambers for the same reason, and another storm is moving in today with winds expected in the 30-40mph range. While normally such winds would not cause the current devastation, they likely will increase these damages due to trees and power poles already weakened. Please pray for those still without power and heat. Also, everyone has had to throw away all refrigerated and frozen foods. This is a terrible expense, especially to those who live on small fixed incomes of retirement and/or Social Security, such as BonnieQ.



20 December 2006 - Posted by | Blessings, Christ, Christian, Christianity, End Times, Faith, God, Grace, Jehovah, Jesus, Love, Nature, Prayer Requests, Prayers, Prophecy, Religion, Sign, Testimonies, Theology


  1. Oh, thank you so much, brother Steve, for such wonderful encouragement, well wishes and prayers. My area dodged the bullet expected in last night’s storm; in fact, according to the news all of Western Washington got through it without more power outages. Those still without power are down to about 25,000 and it is hoped all of them will be restored by Saturday.

    There were so many blessings that came out of my experience; but, the one so many contacted me about relayed their concern about the effects of my brush with hypothermia relative to MS and Lupus: since hypothermia is a trauma to the body and any trauma can be devastating over all. God so covered me, as the only reaction I’m experiencing is a linger severe fatigue! Praise the Lord, for my body could have reacted so much worse. God is good!

    Again, thank you so much, my dear brother. My prayers are with you and I hope you lose count of all the blessings coming your way. 🙂

    Much love in Christ,

    Comment by bonnieq | 21 December 2006 | Reply

  2. Hello Bonnie,

    I hope and pray that you’re doing well and that things will soon get better for you and for all those who have been hit hard by the storm. Glory to God for having kept you safe even through the harsh conditions that the storm brought upon you. I will be praying for you as well as all those affected by the storm. May God’s grace keep you safe and bless you with all that you need to make it through this storm. May God’s blessings overflow upon you, bringing you many good things abounding to more than you had even before the stom.


    Comment by Steve | 21 December 2006 | Reply

  3. Thank you so much for your prayers, my brothers Aaron and John. Keep Western Washington and Colorado in your prayers: we here in Washington have another storm moving in as I write this, so I’m about to go offline. 🙂

    Much love in Christ,

    Comment by bonnieq | 20 December 2006 | Reply

  4. I’m praying Bonnie!

    Comment by John M. Kenney | 20 December 2006 | Reply

  5. Bonnie, you are in my prayers my friend. Please take care of yourself!

    Comment by Aaron | 20 December 2006 | Reply

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