I can only remember 2 major outages here. The first was due to the Ground wire on top of the 96KV Mansfield-Galion feeder, snapping and draping over the Hots. This was during a Siberian Express ( -22F ). The second one, was due to an especially idiotic Squirrel, who decided to build a nest in a Substation Transformer. The squirrel did not survive. Neither did the substation transformer.
Other than that, the occasional weather related outage, or more rarely: auto accident.
power went out twice in rapid succession, yesterday afternoon, but, thankfully short durations.
Let's see - Last power outage for me was 7 years or so ago. There was a fire in a sub station all the way across the county, but some MAJOR feeders went into it. About 10 hours later it was getting HOT, and the grid was going to go down, so the power company had to shead some neighborhood. My neighborrhod is all upper middle class, and low crime, so they figured there wouldn't be a public disturbance if they shead that, instead of the high crime poor neighborhood near the sub station. The gave us an hours warning it was going to happen. We were down about 7 hours
Before that, it was 1977, and before that was the big East Coast blackout in what? 1967 or so (to young to remember it)
Here in OH, I have had power outages three times so far this summer. Heard a loud bang in the middle of the night and everything went off, must have been a transformer close by. I was working in a small office building and we would complain to mgmt all the time because we didn't have any UPS's for the servers and had power go off almost weekly.
It is chronicled in an episode of "Wrath of God," a History Channel Series. I knew the date was reasonably close, as Johnson was President at the time and was worried there was an attack underway, by the Soviets (until he got more info).
Amazing how some years and several generations makes a difference in behaviour. In the 1965 incident, everyone helped one another. However, in the one where Con Ed's Plants got taken out by lightning, even Lawyers were looting, plus rioting in the streets. That I remember, cause it was all over the news.
I would not say 'fear' of being left in the dark. I EDC an Infinity Ultra and it is sufficient for that 'just in case' situation. Let us say that it is not a good idea to fumble around in total darkness, especially if you are a Diabetic, or for another reason have impaired blood flow below the knees. As you can see, it makes perfect sense, to have something that is reliable, though not necessarily expensive with you at all times.
As flashaholics, we have an inordinate fascination with flashlights and headlamps, particularly cutting edge and usually expensive ones. As a result, we carry light(s) that are far better than the sheeple do.
A sheeple light is junky in quality, if not in price, and usually will not work when it is most needed to work. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif
[ QUOTE ] MisterEd said: The power hasn't been out long enough for a PC power supply to notice in the ~2 years I've lived here. It's easy to get spoiled living in a city, with underground power feeds.
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D'oh, I spoke too soon. I had no power for 12 hours in the great SW Ontario & NE US blackout. Fortunately it happened in the afternoon so I was able to locate a flashlight, but the emergency lights in my apartment were not working so I had to feel my way down the hall to my door.
However, as a result I've resolved to get a light I can EDC /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif
Other than ones like this massive outage, they occur around here when I am watching a program I want to see, and, it is not going to be repeated for quite some time. These last long enough to prevent me from seeing the remainder of said program. Otherwise, usually a few seconds to minutes.