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  •  My worst blackout experience (8+ / 0-)

    Was after Hurricane Charley.

    We had fourteen tornadoes in our area that night. Heard a little "bump" sound during the worst of it - went out at midnight when it was all over and found that the oak tree out front had fallen between my condo and the one next door, and a huge branch was holding it up - resting on my roof. Thankfully, our condos are made of cinderblock. Exterior damage only.

    During the hurricane, after the power went out, water started flooding in - under the front door. It even got in through closed and locked windows. We were throwing towels, sheets, and anything absorbent we could find at it, because the water came in so quickly under the front door that it was like a wave racing across the living room floor.

    Next day, we woke up to find that we were blocked in. Power lines were down at the exit to the street, and in the other direction, trees filled the parking lot. Finally one of our neighbors realized that if you turned a sharp left just before the downed power line and drove across the grassy verge, you could just squeeze (carefully) out.

    I spent the next two days wringing out towels and sheets, and putting them on the back patio to dry (they didn't). Finally threw them in the tub. Oddly enough, they didn't mildew - probably because it was over 100 degrees in the bathroom.

    We stayed there for about three or four days, eating baked beans out of the can, and drinking bottled water before finally leaving to stay with friends who still had power. It was three weeks before the power came back - and it was just in time for Hurricane Frances. And then after that was Hurricane Jeanie - we lost power for about 12 hours.... just long enough to melt the ice cream I'd bought that day. Figures, huh? :)

    "We have only the moral ground we actually inhabit, not the moral ground we claim." - It Really Is That Important

    by Diogenes2008 on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 09:25:15 AM PST

    •  Oh, yeah - I forgot (9+ / 0-)

      There were lines at Home Depot - out the door, down the front, and around the side. No idea how far it went after that - we ended up leaving.

      And cell phones? No signal anywhere. There was a ravaged 7-11 up the street that had a spot about a foot or so wide that had signal. We found that out when we saw people on foot roaming the parking lot with their phones. It was hilarious (in retrospect). We joined them, and everyone was wandering with their phones. As soon as someone found a spot with any signal at all, they'd yell "Got it!" and everyone else would come running.

      And then of course it would disappear, or shift. It looked like we were playing some strange game of phone tag. :)

      "We have only the moral ground we actually inhabit, not the moral ground we claim." - It Really Is That Important

      by Diogenes2008 on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 09:28:44 AM PST

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