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Question of the Day - September 18th!!

post #1 of 22
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Today I'm celebrating our first full day (hopefully!) with power, since Hurricane Ike blew through Indiana on Sunday. So the question for today is:

What's the longest you've been without electricity, and for what reason?

Our power went out Sunday afternoon, and was out for 54 hours. It came back Tuesday evening, only to go out again yesterday morning and to be on and off all day.
post #2 of 22
At my house, I think the lnogest I've lost power has only been a couple hours
post #3 of 22
One week, due to an ice storm (when I lived in Missouri)
post #4 of 22
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Originally Posted by katiemae1277 View Post
At my house, I think the lnogest I've lost power has only been a couple hours
I'm probably the same, don't really remember. We don't lose power often! Rumor around my block says that we actually get our power from 3 different sources, so all three have to go out for us to really be out. Now, I don't have a clue how the power works or if that's true or not, but that's the rumor!

I think the longest we lost power was due to a storm. A REAL storm!! I think the only one we've had in my entire life time here! Even for the Loma Prieta earthquake we didn't lose power.
post #5 of 22
Well, I lived through two blackouts in NY - the big one was for a day, I think. I was pretty young.

Here we have had rolling brownouts when it was so hot and the air conditioners were running all the time.

The worst for us was when our heater died and we were without heat for 2 1/2 days. That was last year on the day that was the coldest so far in the year. We had to buy a couple of heaters.
post #6 of 22
In 2004, when hurricane Ivan hit, I packed me and the cats and left town. When we returned, we had no power. They kept saying it would be turned back on in a day, but it was 2 weeks before we had power. Thank God we had one of those flashlight/Tv/radio lanterns. We used so many batteries.
post #7 of 22
From a few mins to a few hours. Luckily I've never lived in a place where you have to contend with extreme weather (like hurricanes/tornados). We've been lucky on the tornados - they've been thru but no real damage regarding power outages. Most of the power lines are in the cables underground - not where the storms can tear them down.
post #8 of 22
ICE STORM 1998

a total of 28 days without power in Rural Ontario

I didn't mind hauling firewood for heat but hauling in water in order to flush the toilet and taking sponge baths was not my cup of tea. I can't remember how much show we melted before the road was cleared of downed trees so we could get into town for water. I was so glad when my grandparents got power back, we got to take a shower.
post #9 of 22
We're very fortunate here in that even when there are power outages in the general area, in our neighbourhood we are seldom hit for more than 2-3 hours, usually a lot less, and it's not that often. The wind storms in December 2006, that did such damage to Stanley Park, were an exception, but even then our power was only out a couple of times and for less than a day.
post #10 of 22
It was for about 2-3 weeks when the Pineapple Express hit.
We sure never want to go through that again.
post #11 of 22
About 4 years ago we had a wind shear pass through and one of my neighbor's large oak trees fell into the road taking the powerline. I think we were without power for maybe twelve hours.
post #12 of 22
Longest I have been without electricity is 3-4 hours. That was during the winter one year, can't remember which one though...
post #13 of 22
I think the longest time I can remember is about 36 hours and that was the year the power grid for Central Ontario, Quebec and part of the northeastern states went down after becoming overloaded..I was in the middle of summer and hot hot hot..that's what I remember most.
post #14 of 22
Wed lost power .. hmm maybe for 3 hours one night when i was about 8 the kids of the neighborhood thought it was great though!!!

Some random power cut.. we dont have no storms or anything where i live apparently there was one bad one that took roofs of and stuff in 1992 when i was a baby but not any i can remember , no flooding either come to think of it.
Jess x
post #15 of 22
Well over two weeks a few years ago when "Hurricane Elvis" (A straight line wind storm) hit Memphis. It hit right during the middle of summer too (and keep in mind i live in HUMID Memphis so it was a royal nightmare! It was soo hot!)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memphis..._Storm_of_2003
post #16 of 22
When hurricane Charlie came through Florida, we didn't have power at our house for 2 1/2 weeks. We packed up all of our babies and had to stay in a cramped little apartment. Boy, we sure were glad to get back home
post #17 of 22
The longest I've ever been without power was a couple of hours. My parents, who live two blocks away, lost power for 10 days in February 2006, when it was -15 F! Then, 5 months later, they lost power for another week, because of a huge electrical storm. My computer was fried during that same storm, but I only lost power for a minute or two.
post #18 of 22
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Originally Posted by bnwalker2 View Post
:

What's the longest you've been without electricity, and for what reason?

Our power went out Sunday afternoon, and was out for 54 hours. It came back Tuesday evening, only to go out again yesterday morning and to be on and off all day.

less then 2 days that time,

Well if camping counts, 4 weeks in the hills.
(and yes i reallyi needed a bath when we came back down)
post #19 of 22
great question Brit!...

During the 2001 year the Hurricane Isidore hit the peninsula of yucatan... the damages on my city was so serious... and I was without electricity during almost a Month...
post #20 of 22
I think the longest ive gone with out power was less then one day. Thankfully
post #21 of 22
Two and a half weeks, maybe three. In the middle of winter of 2002. A bit of info, by looking that up one should be able to find plenty of pictures http://www.srh.noaa.gov/oun/storms/20020129/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2002_Ce...ains_Ice_Storm - probably the same storm AlleyGirl referred to.

The worst part of it was that because of lack of power, fuel and food were starting to get harder to acquire by the end of two weeks. Batteries were impossible to find after the first couple of days in. The areas hit were declared a natural disaster and luckily the state did receive funds to help with that.
post #22 of 22
We lost power nearly 2 weeks once after a hurricane went through Virginia Beach. Our grid was one of the last to come back one. We were used to being the last grid though, and had a generator.

However, we still lost a freezer full of meat.
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