It started with a loud bang and silent darkness

WolfBrother

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and ended right at 2 hours later with the lights coming back on along with the normal noises of the A/C-Heater fan, the refrigerator, and the freezer.

In between,
I got up, grabbed the bedside flashlight, went into the bathroom an lit that rooms candle so the wife can find her way there.

Went outside for a quick check and saw that my side of the street was dark while across the street was lit (different power feed point).

Went back in and called 311 to report the outage. I was not the first and Austin Power was saying 2 to 3 hours.

Sat in the recliner and dozed till the power came back on a little over 2 hours later.

Did a quick check outside, put the candles out, and went back to bed.

Thus ended my most common short term SHTF.
 

WolfBrother

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+1 on the better than.

My streets feed is above ground til it hits my street, then it goes underground. The fuses that cause the loud bang is on the power pole to transition to underground point.

What specifically caused it this time? I dunno.

Most common is a failing part in the very old infrastructure causing a short.
 

WolfBrother

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The City of Austin has all kinds of money to do all kinds of things but not to keep the streets smooth and the rest of the infrastructure solid.
 

hypnos

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I remember not too long ago a truck crashed into a light pole in the small town I worked in at the time, eerie how dark a town is with no street lights etc. Even headlights aren't enough to give you good awareness of what is happening around you. The whole town was without power for half a day.
 

jimLE

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i was working in a restaurant up in ohio when power went out one time.sudden and total silence like that can be eerie..
then the ride home wasn't a lot of fun either.
 

twp

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I heard that loud bang, a couple of winters ago and half the neighborhood went dark. At least we could still see lights on buildings and homes across the street. We still had to evacuate the apartment and were moved into Greyhound busses which the City provided, until the power was restored. Now I wonder where we would have been taken if the power could not be restored... I think, next time, I will just wander off down the street with my BOB and wait to see what happens...
 

WolfBrother

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The latest outage began around 0245 and ended right before 0500. So of course it was dark.

What always surprises me is how quiet the house is. Normal quiet isn't really quiet, you've got background noises like the freezer and/or the refrigerator and/or the A/C system going on. Without them you notice the quiet.
 

jimLE

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i find the at home outages enjoyable. It's when im at a buiesness and power goes out.that i don't particularly enjoy.
 

twp

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I hate it when the boss makes us keep working by candlelight... Wait, I'm The Boss!
 

hypnos

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Certainly if the "big one comes" we probably won't have much warning. I was reading today about a major dam (can't recall the dam name) but it was apparently a "low risk" a year ago...this year it's "oh sh@#t , we need to update it before it fails and does 300 billion in damage and costs a few thousand lives".

Some areas of the country, no bug out bag is adequate...
 

twp

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Let the pleas for Federal help commence... Three, Two, One, Now.:oops::oops::oops::oops::oops::oops:

Get out now, while the roads still work...
 

twp

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We had a short (30-45 min.) power outage here in Reno, NV. 3700 homes effected. No warning and no noise. NV Energy reports that the cause was a glitch in their equipment. I think it is the blight spreading from California... Power line rot?:rolleyes:
 
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