Once again I have to apologize for missing a week – although this time it wasn’t my currently rather flaky memory that’s to blame.
We had a storm roll through a little before midday last Wednesday. First came the flickering lights as the power surges started. Then I noticed that the northwestern sky was damn near black. Then the real fun happened.
Next, there’s a longer than usual power surge that turns the lights off, then back on. Not quite long enough to reset the various clocks around the house, but close.
Then I smell electrical burning.
A quick and rather frantic search leads to the source of the smell, and a frantic yank on the cords to get them out of there. Which promptly turned off the modem since it was plugged into the power board – which left one of the prongs in the outlet when I pulled it loose.
What followed was the fastest powering down of computers in history without doing a hard shutdown, then checking other outlets with the aid of a torch because no way was I risking anything else melting. Lights got turned off because they were flickering constantly, and then I waited.
About 45 minutes later, the worst had passed so I started cautiously powering things back up. And promptly discovered that lights were running dull, and flickering a lot. It was enough to go back to working, though, so I did that and left the personal system powered off.
When The Husband got home, we discovered that the microwave was trying to work and failing, and that trying to run the nuker made the lights brown out. We also lost the alarm clock to the surge, and the surge protector that the washing machine used.
And I could not keep my computer running. It rebooted itself something like 5 times in the space of half an hour. Not the time to write a post.
We lived with this… delightful… situation (along with multiple calls to the power utility and the electrician) until Sunday, when someone finally realized that the dangly bit on the power lines wasn’t a branch. Part of the reason it took so long was that in our county alone there were 35 thousand houses without power. The number for the area of the storm was closer to half a million. Our partial and flaky power was a tad lower on the priority list than full outages.
The line itself looks like it’s two wires twisted around each other. It had split, and part of it was hanging down, so anything past that point – like our house – was getting at best half-power. No bloody wonder all the electronics were flaky.