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  1. #1 Thundering Tuesday or How We Lost The Power 
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    In an attempt to avoid the wrath of the daily thread Nazi, I'm the designated Tuesday thread starter.

    Last night storms rolled through the area. Around 11:30pm, the power went out. I got all upset. I've lived in this area most of my life and sadly know Ameren Electric. We found the flashlight and called Ameren. The automated system, after a series of prompts, said the power would be restored by 6am.

    SR said it would be back on soon. I said, "Oh nooooo, you don't know Ameren. They just didn't say which day at 6am it would return." I worried about the new Pergo in the kitchen, afraid the ice cubes in the freezer would melt and the water would puddle on the floor, causing that Pergo to buckle. I worried about the refrig/freezer in the kitchen that was full of food going bad. Then I fretted about the freezer in the garage. I've lost a couple freezers worth of food since I've been at this house two and a half years.

    Sooo, you can guess the outcome. The power was restored in an hour. :D

    We were lucky as they said 11,000 people are still without power. In the last big winter storm, upward of a million Ameren customers waited for up to a week.

    All is well, even though we overslept and SR had no time to start the Tuesday thread.

    TOTD: What is the longest time you've been without power and what damage did it cause?
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    I lost power for 6 days during Katrina; losing power during hurricane season is a common occurence here but I have to say that we have an outstanding utility company. Lost food in the freezer but have never had any property damage knock on wood. The worst part was dealing with the 95+ degree heat. Looks like we will get a little rain from hurricane Dolly.
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    TOTD: A week thanks to Charley. I lost any refrigerated food, obviously. The house started to get a nasty, musty smell after a few days. I would get in my car and turn the AC on for relief. It pretty much sucked. But there was no real damage done.
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    TOTD: We lost power for about 30 hours during and after hurricane Isabelle. Northern Virginia doesn't usually have a hurricane problem, but that was a big exception. There were impromptu barbecues all over our neighborhood - might as well grill it as lose it. :)
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    but I guess I turned out okay :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by lurkalot View Post
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    but I guess I turned out okay :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shannon View Post
    TOTD: A week thanks to Charley. I lost any refrigerated food, obviously. The house started to get a nasty, musty smell after a few days. I would get in my car and turn the AC on for relief. It pretty much sucked. But there was no real damage done.
    Same here, obviously. That was living hell...especially during the absolute most hot and humid time of the year.
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    Well, I hope we don't lose power this week since it's going to be in the mid 90s all week long. I still haven't turned on the AC but I would dearly miss the swamp cooler.

    TOTD: We went about 3 days or so one time but it was in the dead of winter. We emptied the kitchen freezer and put everything in boxes in the storage shed which was probably colder than the freezer compartment. We just didn't open the other one in the garage. We ate up everything else in the fridge.

    Aside from losing some condiments, it wasn't a big deal for us. I never buy refrigerators that make ice for this very kind of reason so no worries there.
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    We were back home in Wisconsin here for a friends wedding and a BAD storm blew through.

    We were staying at my Brother's house in Milwaukee and it was 3 days before they got the power back on.

    He was running a generator periodically to keep the fridge and chest freezer colled down.
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    TOTD: 90 minutes - here at the shop. Guy hit a massive power pole with a dump truck. Only about 20 minutes at the houses, as Ive got Honda gen-sets at every address.
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