Maggie called this evening as she was driving back from Spring this evening after getting something to eat, as where she lives was without power. Before we lost our connection due to towers being out in her area she was telling me about how all the traffic and street lighrs were out, as well as all the lights in the office buildings save for the emergency back up lighting. Just before she disappeared into the dark she commented on how surreal it was going back into the area where there was no power.
Hopefully she's getting some sleep tonight (no a/c or fan) and will be back online with us tomorrow.
I thought about you last night when the news mentioned a blackout in your area. We've been lucky here. Our power outages have been only minutes long. When we had that hours long West Coast power outage some years ago, we were without power for over 24 hours. Lost everything in the refrigerator and our extra freezer. With kids it's difficult to keep the refrigerator door closed.
Hello everyone, I've been in a meeting all morning, getting ready to go back for more.
I was so thankful that the electricity came back in my neighborhood around 11:30 last night, the initial brownout started about 5 to 7:00, then it was out all the way at 7:10. Some people in my office didn't get electricity until 3:30am, there are still some people out there with no electricity.
It was just a very surreal experience, as Donna said. I was writing a d-mail to someone and my screen faded slowly to black. I'm glad I turned off the power strip and AC and other items. There were 9 fires in the area last night, one was a really bad one, due to the power surges. That explains all the emergency sirens I kept hearing, and the fire trucks that passed me when I was on the road. It was quite frustrating to not even get a good cell signal, you don't often associate your cell ph with elec power. I tried to go to sleep, just lay on my bed with my gardening clothes on (to be cool), my glasses on, a flashlight in one hand and my keys in the other. It just started to feel a little scary being alone. (Too many movies about masked marauders during black-outs!):-)
The most important thing is, my garden is just fine!;-)