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Wednesday January 15, 2014 6:30 
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Good morning:
It's a mild 8 degrees Celsius in St. John's this morning, with periods of drizzle and rain in the forecast, amounting to 5 to 10 mm.

Environment Canada has issued rainfall warnings for Newfoundland's south and west coasts, with up to 50 mm of rain expected by this afternoon. There are also wind warnings for the west coast with gusts up to 100 km in the Wreckhouse area.

Before I get into the St. John's-metro weather, here's an Environment Canada map showing where warnings have been issued and more detailed information on these warnings.
Wednesday January 15, 2014 7:00 
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Channel-Port aux Basques and vicinity
6:47 AM NST Wednesday 15 January 2014
Wreckhouse wind warning for
Channel-Port aux Basques and vicinity issued

Southeasterly wind gusts to 100 km/h will persist this morning.

This is a warning that potentially hazardous winds are occurring in the Wreckhouse area of Southwestern Newfoundland. Monitor weather conditions..listen for updated statements.

A low pressure system over the Gulf of St. Lawrence will cross Western Newfoundland this morning and continue moving northeast of the island this afternoon. A warm frontal trough associated with this low has spread rain, strong southerly winds and mild temperatures across most of Newfoundland this morning.

For the south and west coasts, total rainfall amounts up to 50 millimetres are expected with this system before the rain tapers off this afternoon. Locally higher amounts are expected inland and over higher terrain in these regions. The combination of rain and mild temperatures will create considerable snow melt and may to lead to localized flooding.

Additionally southeasterly wind gusts of 100 km/h will persist over the Wreckhouse area until later this morning.

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Channel-Port aux Basques and vicinity
6:47 AM NST Wednesday 15 January 2014
Rainfall warning for
Channel-Port aux Basques and vicinity continued

Additional rainfall accumulations of 10 to 20 millimetres with locally higher amounts are expected today.

This is a warning that significant rainfall is occurring in these regions. Monitor weather conditions..listen for updated statements.

A low pressure system over the Gulf of St. Lawrence will cross Western Newfoundland this morning and continue moving northeast of the island this afternoon. A warm frontal trough associated with this low has spread rain, strong southerly winds and mild temperatures across most of Newfoundland this morning.

For the south and west coasts, total rainfall amounts up to 50 millimetres are expected with this system before the rain tapers off this afternoon. Locally higher amounts are expected inland and over higher terrain in these regions. The combination of rain and mild temperatures will create considerable snow melt and may to lead to localized flooding.

Additionally southeasterly wind gusts of 100 km/h will persist over the Wreckhouse area until later this morning.
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Now, for the St. John's-metro forecast, here's the Environment Canada graphic and more detailed text version of the forecast, showing high temperatures for the rest this week above freezing.
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Today, 15 January
Periods of drizzle changing to rain this morning and ending this afternoon then cloudy. Amount 5 to 10 mm. Fog patches dissipating late this afternoon. Wind southwest 30 km/h gusting to 60 increasing to 50 gusting to 70 except gusting to 90 along parts of the coast. Wind becoming west 40 gusting to 60 late this afternoon. High 8.

Tonight, 15 January
Partly cloudy. Becoming cloudy overnight. Wind west 40 km/h gusting to 60 becoming light this evening. Wind becoming southeast 20 before morning. Low minus 1.

Thursday, 16 January
Cloudy. Rain beginning in the morning. Risk of freezing rain in the morning. Rainfall amount 5 to 10 mm. Fog patches developing in the morning. Wind southeast 20 km/h becoming southwest 20 gusting to 40 in the afternoon. High plus 5.

Friday, 17 January
Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low zero. High plus 2.

Saturday, 18 January
Cloudy with 40 percent chance of rain showers or flurries. Low minus 4. High plus 2.

Sunday, 19 January
Periods of rain or snow. Windy. Low minus 1. High plus 3.

Monday, 20 January
Flurries. Windy. Low minus 3. High minus 3.

Tuesday, 21 January
Cloudy. Windy. Low minus 5. High zero.
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The live webcam view at St. John's International Airport this morning.
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There are some cancellations and delays at St. John's International Airport today.
Here's what listed on the airport's website:

Arrivals
Air Canada from Halifax delayed;
Provincial Airlines from Stephenville/Deer Lake delayed;
WestJet from Toronto/Halifax delayed;
Provincial Airlines from Wabush/Deer Lake cancelled;
Provincial Airlines from Deer Lake cancelled;
Provincial Airlines from Wabush/Deer Lake delayed.

Departures
Provincial Airlines to Deer Lake/Wabush cancelled;
Air Canada to Halifax delayed;
WestJet to Halifax cancelled;
Provincial Airlines to Deer Lake cancelled.
Wednesday January 15, 2014 7:12 
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On the Bell Island-Portugal Cove ferry service this morning, the MV Flanders is operating on a one-vessel schedule. Around 12:30 p.m. it will be tied up for a one to one-and-a-half hour mandatory break, resuming service around 2:35 p.m.
There is a possibility that the MC Norcon Galatea will also be back on the run this morning.
For updates, you can phone 895-6931.
Wednesday January 15, 2014 7:16 
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All schools in the NL English School District are open this morning.
Wednesday January 15, 2014 7:17 
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Here are some traffic posts on Twitter this morning.
Wednesday January 15, 2014 7:22 
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PPD to Columbus Dr wet but a smooth ride this morning. #nltraffic
Wednesday January 15, 2014 7:23 Stylin' Steve
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Lots of standing water on the TCH between Port Aux Basque & Doyle's #nltraffic #nlwx
Wednesday January 15, 2014 7:23 Tyler LeFrense
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About 20 mm of rain has been recorded (through 6:30 AM) in Western/SW Nfld (Burgeo, Corner Brook); rain spreads eastward this morning #nlwx
Wednesday January 15, 2014 7:25 Brian Walsh
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Wednesday January 15, 2014 7:28 Deana StokesSullivan
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Kevin Tobin's editorial cartoon in today's Telegram pic.twitter.com/AxQLulun47
Wednesday January 15, 2014 7:30 Deana StokesSullivan
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James McLeod has a story on the front page of today's paper and on The Telegram website about power trips and not the ego type.

He interviewed Rob Henderson, vice-president of Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, about the recent hiccups in the electrical system and why there have been so many trips and blackouts in the past couple of weeks.

Here's a link to his story.
Wednesday January 15, 2014 7:34 
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Holyrood ‘trips’ should be over. James McLeod's story can be read at ow.ly/sBcOM
Wednesday January 15, 2014 7:34 The Telegram
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Wednesday January 15, 2014 7:34 
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The Conception Bay South Bypass road officially opens today. Here's a link to a story about that
Wednesday January 15, 2014 7:36 
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Conception Bay South Bypass to officially open Wednesday. The full story is at ow.ly/sBdyA
Wednesday January 15, 2014 7:36 The Telegram
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Here are some more links to stories in today's Telegram and on our website.
Wednesday January 15, 2014 7:38 
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Foreign worker controversy erupts in Labrador City. Story by Ty Dunham is at ow.ly/sBdKY
Wednesday January 15, 2014 7:38 The Telegram
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Wednesday January 15, 2014 7:39 
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St. John's plans new policy on alcohol, drug abuse. Story by Dan MacEachern is online at ow.ly/sBedr
Wednesday January 15, 2014 7:39 The Telegram
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Marshall going to bond market to pay for provincial budget. James McLeod's story can be read at ow.ly/sBe6A
Wednesday January 15, 2014 7:40 The Telegram
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Fourteen St. John's streets on tonight's snowclearing list ow.ly/sBe1H
Wednesday January 15, 2014 7:40 The Telegram
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Wednesday January 15, 2014 7:41 
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Federal court sides with Oceanex on Cabot deck shattering - Local - The Telegram. ow.ly/sBlDQ
Wednesday January 15, 2014 7:47 The Telegram
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Plastics entering harbour with snow could harm marine life, biologist says - Local - The Telegram. ow.ly/sBlO3
Wednesday January 15, 2014 7:47 The Telegram
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Here's a photo from Corner Brook posted on Twitter this morning by Mayor Charles Pender.
Wednesday January 15, 2014 7:49 
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It's just water under the bridge, as it should be. #cornerbrook #nlwx pic.twitter.com/xVMhpKTzTC
Wednesday January 15, 2014 7:49 Charles Pender
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Andrew Robinson has a story in today's Telegram about a short supply of whooping cough vaccine.

Here's a link to that story.
Wednesday January 15, 2014 7:58 
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Whooping cough vaccine in short supply - Local - The Telegram - ow.ly/sBmZW
Wednesday January 15, 2014 7:58 The Telegram
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Etc. - Weekly guide of events which are scheduled for St. John's and the surrounding communities. ow.ly/sBm7r
Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:02 The Telegram
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Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:02 
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My blogging colleagues Colin MacLean and John Brannen are online in Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia.
Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:04 
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Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:04 Colin Roger MacLean
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Gas prices dropped in P.E.I. today. It will interesting to see what happens here when prices are set tomorrow. Here's the Journal Pioneer story about the P.E.I. gas price cut.
Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:06 
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Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:06 
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@JournalPMacLean @NGNewsJohn Good morning from NL. How are things in PEI and NS?
Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:16 Deana StokesSullivan
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@TelegramDeana @NGNewsJohn Hey guys. Things are good here. Wet. But good.
Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:16 Colin Roger MacLean
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You can read my Giant Tiger update story here: ow.ly/sBpEV
Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:16 Colin Roger MacLean
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@JournalPMacLean @NGNewsJohn 16 carbon monoxide poisonings here in a week. Ashley Fitzpatrick's story is online at ow.ly/sBdDx
Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:16 Deana StokesSullivan
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@TelegramDeana @NGNewsJohn Wow, mostly due to generators and the power outages I assume. Er... or I could just read the story I suppose.
Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:18 Colin Roger MacLean
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@JournalPMacLean @NGNewsJohn Yes, carbon monoxide from generators, engines, propane. One man died in a shed in Mount Pearl.
Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:20 Deana StokesSullivan
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@TelegramDeana @NGNewsJohn Here's a story on our coverage of the recent crash that closed the Confederation Bridge: ow.ly/sBq7x
Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:20 Colin Roger MacLean
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I just received this comment or question from a reader.
Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:21 
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[Comment From AngusAngus: ] 
Mr. Maclea: With all the energy imported in PEI, Why hasn't the PEI Government persued Geothermal and Air to Air heating for homes and buildings more?
Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:21 Angus
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I Tweeted the question to Colin. If he replies, I post it here.
Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:25 
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[Comment From AngusAngus: ] 
Thank you Ms sullivan
Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:26 Angus
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Here are some more traffic Tweets.
Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:26 
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Unusually long line of traffic on Water St and Harbour Dr. #nltraffic pic.twitter.com/qoeANKkWPb
Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:26 Darrin Feehan
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#Nltraffic Kenmount road slow moving around Kelsey. No obvious reason.
Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:26 JDP
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Here's Colin's response to the question about geothermal and air heating in Prince Edward Island.
Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:31 
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@TelegramDeana @NGNewsJohn As far as I'm aware, most new government buildings use geothermal where appropriate.
Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:31 Colin Roger MacLean
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@TelegramDeana @NGNewsJohn And heat pumps are very popular here now. In fact they are causing electricity shortage problems now.
Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:31 Colin Roger MacLean
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@TelegramDeana @NGNewsJohn But those are just my anecdotal observations.
Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:31 Colin Roger MacLean
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Here's another comment from Angus, presenting an interesting concept.
Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:32 
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[Comment From AngusAngus: ] 
This thought is not meant for NE avalon but a larger area like Toronto: I often wondered if it is possible to have conveyor belts similar to ones in TO Airport terminal to move people in underground subways to speed up people walking along downtown areas?
Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:32 Angus
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And, more from Colin on that energy question.
Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:33 
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@TelegramDeana @NGNewsJohn In terms of alternative energy, up to 33 per cent of P.E.I. electricity is wind generated at any given time.
Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:33 Colin Roger MacLean
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[Comment From AngusAngus: ] 
Ty mr. Maclean. Interesting since most of homes in NL use Electric heat
Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:33 Angus
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@TelegramDeana @NGNewsJohn The City of Summerside, where I live, also has its own wind turbines and electric utility.
Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:33 Colin Roger MacLean
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[Comment From AngusAngus: ] 
Yes the problem with wind is storing the excess
Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:34 Angus
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Here's a comment from Russell in Glasgow, Scotland about gas and oil prices.
It seems they're always going up here too but in light of the drop today in P.E.I., it will be interesting to see if our prices drop Thursday.
Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:34 
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[Comment From RussellRussell: ] 
Gas and oil prices going down. That never happens in the UK. Prices only increase!
Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:34 Russell
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Con O'Brien has commented on Twitter about the carbon monoxide poisonings during the Newfoundland power blackouts.
Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:39 
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@JournalPMacLean @TelegramDeana @NGNewsJohn All due to the inability of our utility to generate enough power to meet demand in winter!
Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:39 Con O'Brien
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[Comment From RussellRussell: ] 
We have plenty of wind farms in Scotland that generate renewable energy, but there are some people who oppose this as they think it is ruining the scenery. Would this not be a good plan for over there? We have a lot of wind all year round mind you.
Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:42 Russell
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[Comment From AngusAngus: ] 
I believe the costs of generating electricity from wind are to high here compared to hydro, storage of excess hasn't been solved and and the variance of wind is a major issue although GE has a solution to that
Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:45 Angus
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Newfoundland Hydro has been operating small wind farms in Newfoundland.

Here's an information sheet from the parent company, Nalcor, about it.
Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:48 
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Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:48 
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Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:49 
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Here are a few Instagram photos from Newfoundland and Labrador before I sign off.
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anjelevilanjelevil : 
#sunsets #newfoundland #winter #canada
Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:50 
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anjelevilanjelevil : 
#sunsets #newfoundland #winter #water
Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:50 
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Nikki SpracklinNikki Spracklin : 
#newfoundland #sunrise
Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:51 
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islandinthepacific1islandinthepacific1 : 
#newfoundland #nature #ocean #fishing
Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:51 
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AmandaAmanda : 
#boat #ocean #blue #snow #sea #beauty #loves #it #Newfoundland #NL #st.johns
Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:51 
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⛄️❄️Ashley❄️⛄️⛄️❄️Ashley❄️⛄️ : 
#newfoundland❤️😘❤️
Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:52 
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Haley SpeightHaley Speight : 
Beautiful sunrise over my home away from home ☺️ #Newfoundland #sunrise
Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:52 
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Witch Dr TimWitch Dr Tim : 
Iceberg at Bonavista,newfoundland. #myphotography #me #iceberg #nl #newfoundland #canada #huge. #f4f #follow4follow
Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:52 
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One more comment from Angus about wind power.
Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:55 
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[Comment From AngusAngus: ] 
Storage of excess wind could be done on the abandoned mines in Bell Island, St Lawrence, Buchans and Daniels Harbour. A type of generater that can also be used as a pump when reversed would be installed with a tunnel to the sea. When wind is off peak, the water is pumped out of the mine. When electricty is needed, the water flows in through the generater and generates electrcity.
Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:55 Angus
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Well, it's about that time again that I have to sign off the live blog and head for a meeting with my displaced colleagues.

We still don't know when we'll be back in the Village mall in St. John's, where work is continuing after a broken sprinkler system and electrical malfunction during the recent power blackout.

I'll be back with the live Telegram blog Thursday morning, 7-9 a.m.

Until then, take care,

Deana SS
email dss@thetelegram.com
On Twitter @TelegramDeana
Wednesday January 15, 2014 8:55 
 
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