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post #1 of 17
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Due to the recent storms here in Los Angeles I was without electricity for 24 hours. It may not seem like a long time, compared to those people in Florida this past summer or the people who suffered thru the Tsunami, but I can tell you, it was rough on me. I had no heat in my apartment, and it was too cold for me to sleep. I couldn't cook anything, and I couldn't even take a bath, because the water was ice cold. Thank God the electricity is back on today. I really missed it.
post #2 of 17
Oh poor Hope. Is everything ok with you (apart from no electricity) with the storms? I hope they go away soon.

A few years ago we had no power, water or telephone for 4 days in the middle of winter due to heavy snow - it was horrible! So you have my sympathies.
post #3 of 17
Goodness Hope! We got the word last night, that storm that hit you will be here in a few days time. Has the rain stopped for you yet?
post #4 of 17
gosh, id have to buy a million blankets!! and candles... and a battery hot water system!
post #5 of 17
I'm one of those Florida people, and I feel for you. At least it was warm here when we got hit (a little too warm, but I really don't like to be cold). Did your cat(s) at least snuggle with you?
post #6 of 17
The longest I have been without electricity was 3 1/2 days due to a severe thunderstorm. Some areas had none for over a week. I didn't mind it at all, of course, it was in the middle of the summer. Now that I have moved, I have a real problem when the power goes out. I have no water, because I have a well. 24 hours would have felt like a long time now with no water.
post #7 of 17
I have always dreaded being down there when the power is out. Now I know why!! Up here, we use woodburners & propane too. You could go buy a Coleman burner that fits on the 16 oz. Coleman Propane Fuel. (KMart has them,usually). The flame is the same as the ones on a gas stove;just be careful that it doesn't tip over. That way you can heat water & use steam to help heat the place up. And cook & have hot water for sponge bathing. I have had to use one for a couple of years, while we decide whether to remodel or incurr extreme debt & rebuild.It made me scared to use one at first, because I don't camp that much, and I thought that the burners make the same fumes as using a hibachi or BBQ. But I talked to the propane company & got reassurance. I spent one year in an apartment in Mammoth Lakes that was all-electic, and boy, I sure can relate to what you went through!! Huddling under sleeping bags, with both my girls, 2 cats & 1 border collie on the bed!! Sometimes we'd have to go sit in the car or go for drives to keep warm (nothing like a Toyota p.u.'s heater!!), but usu. when the electric is out, it is blizzarding & visibility is 0! I'm shivering just reading your post!! And it looks like another one's headed our way for Monday - how do you manage to commute down there in this weather?? So much for the strawberry crops.... Susan

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Originally Posted by HopeHacker
Due to the recent storms here in Los Angeles I was without electricity for 24 hours. It may not seem like a long time, compared to those people in Florida this past summer or the people who suffered thru the Tsunami, but I can tell you, it was rough on me. I had no heat in my apartment, and it was too cold for me to sleep. I couldn't cook anything, and I couldn't even take a bath, because the water was ice cold. Thank God the electricity is back on today. I really missed it.
post #8 of 17
Ugh that stinks! I'm glad everythings back on and you survived! Now when does the rain end? I'm sure you must be fed up with it!
post #9 of 17
No electricity! I would go nuts!
No hot water = no bath! No curling iron = a very bad hair day! No microwave = no warm brush for Sasha and that's a very bad hair day! No stove = no hot cocoa in the a.m.! No heat = very cold house! No lights = no novel! and no computer = no TCS!!!
post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 
To be honest, I wasn't minding the storms that much, until the power went out. I love the excitement of real weather, which is something we rarely get here in LA.

Today it's nice and sunny, at least right now it is. It's supposed to be the transition day from the stormy weather to the dry weather. They say we still could have some rain today, but right now, it doesn't look like it.

I must admit, I'm getting tired of the rain, though. We are well on our way to breaking the record for the heaviest rainfall ever recorded in Los Angeles. So far the heaviest rainfall level was back in the 1800's. We are now just below that, and at this point we are at the 2nd heaviest season, however, we may beat the old record, before the season is over.

Yep, more rain is on the way........
post #11 of 17
Oh Hope! Glad to hear your power is back!
post #12 of 17
god i dont know what i would have done with mysself!
post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by sashacat421
No electricity! I would go nuts!
No hot water = no bath! No curling iron = a very bad hair day! No microwave = no warm brush for Sasha and that's a very bad hair day! No stove = no hot cocoa in the a.m.! No heat = very cold house! No lights = no novel! and no computer = no TCS!!!
my best wishes hope!!!!!
post #14 of 17
Oh wow, I'm glad you're ok. The longest I have gone without power was 3 weeks. That was after Hurricane Andrew hit South Florida.....It was hot and humid. I was lucky my power didn't go out when we got hit with all those hurricanes last year.
post #15 of 17
How awful, Hope, it's just so difficult being without electricity, especially in such freezing weather! I'm so glad you're ok! the longest I've been without electricity was over a week after Hurricane Floyd. It's really amazing how reliant we become on electricity, and it's just such a shock to our lifestyle when we are suddenly without it! Hurray for it being back on today!
post #16 of 17
Yep, that's a bummer!
We didn't lose power for the first hurricane, but for the second, we lost it long enough to spoil some food. The worst part of it is the boredom.. No light to do anything, no tv, no computer. Ugh. But we were REALLY lucky.
post #17 of 17
I keep thinking of you SoCal people, I am in the bay area and I don't get why we aren't getting it as much. But it's really Socals year. We had 98 I guess!
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