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Life without electric power.....

Sunday, July 01, 2012

The big storm blew through Friday night, leaving devastation in its wake. We (and over a million homes just in the DC area) lost power. Of course, it's nearly 100 degrees.

Fortunately, or so I smugly thought, we had had a standby generator installed almost 5 years ago. Haven't needed it much in that time, but I was happy to have internet, phone, TV, COFFEE!, and a/c. Until the generator stopped working yesterday. I called for the tech, who never showed. They are just too busy. But the tech on the phone helped me get it running just until someone can come out (at overtime rates and I don't care) and check it out. Our house for some reason, when we lose power in a storm, are without it for days on end. The other end of the street glows, across the street, full power. But our little cul-de-sac....nothing.

But I need to be grateful, too. The winds here in our town were clocked at 79mph Friday night and lots of trees came down. One of the houses behind me had one come through the roof. A bunch of people can't get their cars out to get to someplace cool because trees block the driveway and street. Whole shopping centers are dark and blocked in with downed trees. Two people were killed in their cars, and another two were killed when a tree came through the bedroom.

In a week this will all be just a bunch of stories, like Hurricane Isabelle in 2003. Or Agnes in 1972. It's tough to live through, particularly in our powered device lives, but, like everything, it will pass and life will resume. I need to remember that being hot and disconnected is just discomfort, and remember that the families of those who were killed will have to negotiate a terrible new normal.
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    I hope all is well again!
    2021 days ago
    Wow! Sorry to hear you're still without power. A lot of my friends in S. Jersey were hit hard, along with the ones in MD. I'm glad you're able to make the most of it and at least get the really important stuff back up and running. Although that reminds me - I need to remind my dad about a backup generator for his oxygen.

    Hope you get your power back tocay if it's not back already!
    2022 days ago
    Storms are really scarey. I'm glad your OK, except for the heat and discomfort. Your in my thoughts and prayers.
    2026 days ago
    Nell, are you in NoVA area? We have two spare rooms and power.
    2026 days ago
    I hope things are restored back to normal soon!

    2026 days ago
    Good luck having someone come out to do a service call. They are probably backed up til September.

    We live in Eastern Oklahoma and the worst thing we have experienced in the five years I've been here was last summer's 100 degree days for about a month and a half. emoticon emoticon
    2026 days ago
    My hearts go out to all of the suffering folks in this heat.
    2026 days ago
    I can´t imagine what it´s like to have those dangerous wind as a threat, where I live (Sweden) weather never gets dangerous...o course it gets cold and snowstorms and thunder but nothing really to worry about...
    2026 days ago
  • DEEJON123
    Ah, you poor Americans, the worst I get here where I live (western Canada) is a thunderstorm or two. I can't believe some of the weather some of you have to endure. All the best for getting over another storm and it's consequences! And, HAPPY 145th BIRTHDAY CANADA (today!)
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    2026 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/1/2012 12:19:45 PM
    Hope your heat subsides and people get power back soon. We have a generator, but dd has lost power for 3-4 days in the last 2 months. Hard when your trying to work, etc.
    2026 days ago
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