We had a pretty good ice storm here in Iowa this weekend. I heard on the radio that alliant engergy said this was the worst ice storm they have seen. I live in cedar rapids but I took my wife and daughter down to my parent's house two hours away in Pella this weekend because I was going to put an engine in my wife's car which is down there. I knew they said the weather was going to be bad but didn't think too much about it. While in the middle of working on my wife's car, the power goes out. No shop lights, no power to the compressor but luckily I had my Thor, AE power light, E1L and energizer led headlight so I could still see. I had to get my wife's car finished this weekend and couldn't stop just because the lights went out. I called the power company and they said that we were in line. Amazingly, about a hour and a half later, the power was back on. My mother in law lost power in cedar capids from 6:20pm saturday untill around 5:00pm on Sunday. One of my wife's friend's said she might not have power for two weeks. There were trees down everywhere and on the way back to cedar rapids, we saw about 15 telephone poles lying on the ground right in a row along the highway. Pretty crazy. This was a good weekend for flashlights. They were even saying on the radio to use flashlights instead of candles so you don't burn your house down. I did manage to forget most of my flashlights at my mother in law's house so I called her to tell her so she could use them. Too bad I found them scattered around, some just laying on the floor when we got home. Must have been too much work to put them back. Everything is charged back up and ready to go again if needed.