25,000 out of power in Sacramento due to storm

@dawnald (84146)
Shingle Springs, California
October 13, 2009 4:18pm CST
It never rains in California, so how can that be? We have this lovely storm that has hit us. Apparently it is the remnants of a hurricane that hit Japan (so I'm told by somebody saw it on the news). It came all the way across the Pacific ocean to see the happy cows. Yes, it's true, happy cows live in California! If you don't believe me, just check out YouTube for "Happy Cow commercials". But meanwhile, I went out in the driving wind and the pouring rain in search of Mexican food. But when I got to Folsom, the power was out. No traffic lights, no Mexican restaurant, nothing. I hope Folsom prison wasn't affected. lol Meanwhile, a scary looking light with an exclamation point and a loud beep had come on on my dashboard. So on my way back from looking for Mexican food, I stopped by the Dodge dealer to find out if my engine was in danger of blowing. I would have checked the owner's manual, I really would have, cus I can read, but I was driving right by there anyway. Their power was out too, but the nice man told me it was just a low tire indicator. So, being the eternal optimist, I decided to ignore it until later and see if some of the food places right by work still had power. Lucky me, Taco Bell had lights. Lights and crowds. But I got to be one of the first lucky consumers to try their black jack taco (black taco shell, pepper jack cheese). Only 89 cents, such a deal! Hope the power comes back on soon for everybody. Do you deal with power outages a lot where you live?
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@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
14 Oct 09
Pretty wondrous, huh. And you are surely scary. Luckily, no one is harmed. Lightnings can be super dangerous when in dangerous zones like in the middle of the field and etc. So you had your nice taco and waiting for the storm to subside. How long has it last so far? Any ideas till when?
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
14 Oct 09
Didn't see any lightning, just lots of rain and wind. Right now it's just light rain and scattered clouds, should clear up by tomorrow.
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@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
14 Oct 09
The weather here ain't looking too well too; like it will be pouring anytime soon.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
14 Oct 09
that's cus I sent it to you
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• United States
14 Oct 09
god,yes.although most of them are caused by the idiot next door's trees clipping the lines they've had a glut of building up here,and while they're adding new houses,they're not updating the lines or substations.gets too hot in summer,too windy,or a squirrel farts on the line..*bzzzt* down it goes. ..which is why i have a nice new generator in my garage.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
14 Oct 09
Ah yes growth without planning, don't you love it?
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• United States
17 Oct 09
oh yea. they know they need to do it,but they're probably seeing how long they can get away with not doing it.we had some of those trashcan looking transformers explode on the poles the last 2 summers.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Oct 09
grreeaaattt...
@Zenstrive (239)
• Indonesia
14 Oct 09
Power outages? I have too much here in Balikpapan.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
14 Oct 09
It's not all that common here.
• Indonesia
15 Oct 09
count your blessings :) when the power is down, so is my excitement and my weight.Why? Because the house would be so hot I would go out and take a walk to the mall.....that's right, I COULD walk to the mall if I want to....it's only ten minutes walk.....
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
15 Oct 09
I can't walk to the mall, but there's always Target. Then again, if there's a power failure, Target isn't going to be open anyway...
@doryvien (2293)
• United States
14 Oct 09
Hi Dawnald, I've just been through one of the worst typhoons that had hit my place (Typhoon Ondoy, international name Ketsana). We had no electricity for 2 weeks straight because some of the power sources were affected. When it was finally restored, another major power distribution unit was again damaged due to fire this time, and so the electric company resorted to a "rotation" power supply, meaning some areas will have 3-5 hours black out everyday for 1 week. So we did endure this until this Monday. It was terrible - no TV, no fridge, no nothing that run on electricity. We had candles at night. Everyday I brought my rechargeable fan and lamp to my workplace(about 1 hour travel from where I live) to charge so that my kids can sleep with the fan on (we do have a warm weather here, and it's difficult to sleep without electric fan or air conditioner). I also brought my 2 kids' PSP to recharge in the office because there is no other form of entertainment except their gadget. Thank God now everything's back to normal.
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• Philippines
14 Oct 09
i think they should give you BR for that
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
14 Oct 09
I've read about that typhoon. It sounded pretty awful. Glad you're OK. I've never experienced a power outage for nearly that long, though after the Northridge earthquake, I knew people who had outages for a week or so.
@doryvien (2293)
• United States
4 Feb 10
Hi dawnald, Thanks for the BR, it's a nice surprise. @Letran, Hi Letran, thanks for endorsing me
@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
14 Oct 09
Frequently. Crabbily if the power goes off before 3 coffees. Mainly it's a winter thing, with the weather, just when you really need some heat, and light, and coffee. It's not been too bad this year so far but a couple of year back the leccie company were on strike for over a month and turned it off for two hours every day at inconcsitent times and with no warning, and no spring had not yet arrived so it was a total nuisance but one could at least be hopeful that when it went if they may decide to do it in two one hour shifts. The repair ones are a total pain, then it is off all day, and I have to go to the cafenion for my coffee as they have a gas ring, or to a friends place who also has a gas ring if I don't want to be seen out with soaking wet hair due to no power for the hairdryer. They usually last 6 -8 hours, again with no warning. The storm ones knock it off usually in the evenings and there are candles at the ready. The whole thing is a mess though as if one is planning a trip to town you need to know first if they have leccie, otherwise the petrol station won't be able to fill the car up to come back.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
14 Oct 09
You mean it isn't sunshine 12 months a year there? You have just totally ruined my mental image of Greece.
@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
14 Oct 09
Tourists are still arriving on the beach, I'm really cold and have just put socks on.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
14 Oct 09
Probably tourists from Scandinavia who call that warm! :-)
@sacmom (14315)
• United States
13 Oct 09
Hi Dawn! Whoo hoo tacos! Did you get me any? I'm happy to say that there is still power where I'm at, though I don't know for how long. So I might as well take advantage of it and post while I can! (Okay, so I'm on a notebook, but still, the battery will eventually go out if the power does). You must be nuts to go out in a storm like this (like I've never done it before ). Poor hubby had to drive in it to go to work today. And with him being in construction he must have had a blast carrying all his tools to and from his truck. I have to ask. Wouldn't Folsom prison have generators? We should all go there if we lose power too. Wouldn't that be fun? Oh and I believe you without seeing the Happy Cow commercials on youtube as I have seen them on TV before! LOL Happy mylotting! PS The engine light in my husband's truck came on the last couple of days. Wonderful. And here some guy he knows just worked on the truck. I wonder what it could be now? I mean the truck only has about 300,000 miles on it...
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
14 Oct 09
I had no idea how bad it was until I went out in it. Here, have a taco... I'm sure the prison has generators. It was the other end of town where the power was out anyway! We need our friends in other states and countries to learn about our happy cows. lol
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
15 Oct 09
haha good one!
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
13 Oct 09
No, thank heavens we don't have them very often. I hate it when the power goes off. I hope your weather clears up soon for you.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
14 Oct 09
scattered showers today and sun tomorrow, but man there were a lot of trees down!
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
14 Oct 09
Know u will be glad to see the sunshine, i am always glad to see it. I am just glad u & your family are safe. Take care. jo
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
14 Oct 09
Me Too!
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
15 Oct 09
So did you like the black jack taco? They look interesting.....hope things are all straightened out by now!
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@jillhill (37383)
• United States
15 Oct 09
We don't have alot of outages......mostly in the winter when ice accumulates on the wires.....but most of the time we are lucky and don't have alot of this on a regular basis.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
15 Oct 09
it wasn't bad (yum)... ice is something we really don't have to deal with, but wind, lots of wind...
@Bluepatch (2480)
• Trinidad And Tobago
14 Oct 09
In Trinidad there are endless power outages. We used to all think this was a Trinidad speciality. It was worse in the past but after so many years of complaints and near riots sometimes the electricity company seems to be operating much better now. You can actually call and get information when the lights go. That never happened in the old days.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
14 Oct 09
power outage information line? ;-)
@happy6162 (3011)
• United States
14 Oct 09
We do have power outages were I live but not to many times. I will call power company and report the outages and the longest we had to wait for it to come back on was 4 hours when we had a bad spring snow storm.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
14 Oct 09
This was a big one, but it didn't affect me directly.
@peavey (16797)
• United States
14 Oct 09
We don't get power outages here very often, but you never know. I've been thinking of getting a small kerosene room heater, because when the power goes out here, the heat does, too, and this is cold country in the winter. I have candles and kerosene lamps and I can make a candle stove to cook on if needed, but it would get cold in the house in a hurry. I don't trust the weather this year/
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
14 Oct 09
In our old house, we would have just lit a fire, but in this house we don't even have a real fireplace!
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
14 Oct 09
Not really. My grandmother said she had to a lot when she lived in California. I bet mudslides will be a huge worry for you guys too. I have lost power some in the winter. Usually due to snow or ice storms. We really haven't had a lot of that for a while now though. Our winters have become milder since I was younger.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
14 Oct 09
They are worried about mudslides in Southern California. It's pretty typical if we get rain after we've had fires.
13 Oct 09
Hi dawnald, My goodness with all tha rain and wind and power cuts, you wouln,'t get me venturing outside and I would sure do withour any mexican food, we don't have many power cuts here thank goodnes but we still do in the wunter in hig winds, I have plenty of candles in preperation just in case. Tamara
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
14 Oct 09
I ate at Taco Bell, so technically I DID do without Mexican food!
@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
13 Oct 09
Yeah, we get them a couple times a year because of snow, ice, or wind. The worst I can remember was this bad rain and wind storm we got on Labor Day about 10 years ago. Some people were without power for 2 weeks. Not us, thankfully. We only lost power for a couple hours. One year we had an ice storm so bad our whole neighborhood was without power for 4 days! Thankfully because it was cold out our food didn't spoil! We used a grill to cook and a kerosene heater to stay warm.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
13 Oct 09
Yikes, I know people who were without power and/or water for a fairly long time due to earthquakes, but storms? Not here in California that I've heard of...
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
13 Oct 09
I do not deal with power outages very well at all. I hate hem. I do have a generator that works. However the electrician did not come back to put the switch inside of h house so you have to do things to it and I have not yet learnt to do. It is also very expensive to run and that is a problem. So I have lots of torches or lights that illuminate the place and candles and it is all a bit of a bore.My stove is electric too so we eat from our hurricane supplies and have a drink of rum. Of course if a son is there then the generator goes on and all is well. If I get really frustrated then I have a drink of rum and then down 2 Tylenol pm and go to bed.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
13 Oct 09
We have candles, flashlights, camping equipment and a barbecue. But rum and a tylenol PM works for me. :-)
@rusty2rusty (6767)
• Defiance, Ohio
15 Oct 09
Yes, I deal with alot of power outages where I live. I have a grill just in case I am hungry and power is out. It has come in handy more than once. Living in Florida along the gulf...a grill is one of the must have items.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
15 Oct 09
We have that too...