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My area had incredibly high winds that knocked down all kinds of power lines. I kept running outside to see if my trash cans were still where they should be, and on one trip found the cap from the chimney had blown off the roof.

My neighborhood’s power was off for the night, although at around 2am it came on briefly for a half-hour, which was good because it gave time for the furnace to warm the house up some. It had gotten really cold. I charged my phone while my computer backup battery was still operational. Large swaths of the town were out, as I saw when I drove to a store to buy batteries. This storm caught me with dead batteries in both radios, and hardly any candles. I’m glad I have a gas stove so I could make instant coffee in the morning.

This morning I called the power company to re-report the outage, just in case; I reached a live person who sent the report along. 15 minutes later the power came back on. Probably a coincidence, but you never know, and I don’t think in the future I’ll assume my neighbors have reported anything.

I guess a lot of others still have no power.

posted on Feb 25, 2019 12:03 PM ()


I have a hill behind my house and although there was no wind right hear, you cold hear the proverbial freight train on the ridge. It's one of the loudest wind storms I can remember. Power stayed on as far as I know. My town has a facebook page and somebody would have posted if they were without. Should be over by now. Carry on!
comment by jjoohhnn on Feb 26, 2019 10:49 AM ()
The weirdest sound I heard during this one was my aluminum screendoor groaning.
reply by drmaus on Feb 26, 2019 11:49 AM ()
I hate those high winds that bring down power lines. We have them fairly often. I always get a gas stove because of power failures. we also have a back up generator but it doesn't do the whole house.
comment by elderjane on Feb 26, 2019 6:43 AM ()
A generator would be ideal. Just have to remember to keep gasoline for it. I can hardly remember to keep fresh batteries.
reply by drmaus on Feb 26, 2019 11:47 AM ()
best of luck to you!
comment by jerms on Feb 25, 2019 5:12 PM ()
Thinking of the storms others have gone through recently, my house didn't get much trouble, really. I actually like the drama of it, and being reminded to use the fireplace.
reply by drmaus on Feb 26, 2019 11:45 AM ()
I think you have to call it in every time. Some power companies have online maps where you can see where the reported outages are - assuming you could get online with your cell phone etc.
comment by traveltales on Feb 25, 2019 4:29 PM ()
I think I will call it in every time now. I did check maps for a friend last time there were outages (and I still had power) but I was reluctant to use up my phone power. I guess that was silly, since I can just drive somewhere and charge it.
reply by drmaus on Feb 26, 2019 11:43 AM ()
Have been seeing them on our weather news--makes our hurricanes look like child-play!
comment by greatmartin on Feb 25, 2019 4:13 PM ()
You must have seen a dramatized version of our weather, then. I hardly think they came up to hurricane levels.
reply by drmaus on Feb 26, 2019 11:41 AM ()

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