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How long does it tend to stay out? Is it usually obviously storm related, or are other causes to blame?
We lose power from storms, usually from Spring through Fall and more rarely in the Winter from ice or snow. We have so many big trees and so much severe weather that we lose power for just several minutes on and off, to many hours at a time. Usually it's out for a day or two, but less likely for several days. They are really good about getting crews out around the clock. I would say almost all of the power outages are weather related and maybe a few from accidents such as car crashes or construction mishaps. I guess having such regular repair issues, it turns out to be cost effective to keep a large fleet of repair people available all the time, lucky us.
Last year was a bad year for me with power outages. The worst was when I had a huge elm tree (well four elms that all grew together into one massively trunk-ed tree) snap off right near the base, about a foot up from the ground during a freak tornado in July and it sent it right into my house, snapping the power lines to just my house and crashed through my bedroom and landing on my bed about 30 seconds after I vacated it at 3:27 AM because it sounded like a train was coming through the house with the sound of the wind outside. I got up to go look out the backyard windows and then I could barely see the trees through the downpour and they were bent almost in half. Then the power went out and then *BOOM* I felt the floor shudder and then smelled rain and felt wind coming down the hall. I stumbled in the dark to the bedroom and the whole roof was gone from the tree filling the room sitting on my bed, completely smashing it to bits.
What did I do? I immediately began grabbing all the sex toys I could reach out of the room and put them in the living room trying to save them from the rain, LMAO! I had them all near the door in boxes, so I thought I got them all and wouldn't have to worry about workers finding them...uh, well, apparently, I missed a plugged in rechargeable vibrator which I noticed three days later while following a worker out of the room, right there in plain site on the floor! They had been working in there for three days, so I imagine they HAD to see it! I could only hope the non-realistic shape and dark violet color of the SinFive Grace
was not as obvious as a big honkin' VixSkin or God forbid a black Tantus Hoss!
(I almost got that Hoss in an exchange with Woman China a month before to use as a door stop -or a bedside weapon
- and I really could have had it there instead if not for my better sense kicking in and telling her I didn't need it!) The damage was such that I had no power for over a week, but none of my neighbors had any problems. The completely surprise tornado hopped around and happened to touch down in my backyard. If the tree had been closer to the house, I would not only have been killed, but would have lost the whole house. I was lucky I wasn't in that bed and that my cats had followed me into the kitchen, too, or ran down the basement at all the wind noise. My frantically saving sex toys before even finding flashlights or calling for help, tells you where my priorities are, hahahaha! Can you believe none of them were ruined?! I managed to get them all before the rain got them and the rest of the roof collapsed! Oh, and thank God the laptop came with me when I left the bed! I would have cried even more at losing all my computer stuff almost as much as my sex toy collection.