Thunder!

@GreenMoo (11842)
April 3, 2012 11:02am CST
We've been waiting for rain for months, and yesterday it finally came. We had a cracking thunder storm, which appeared out of nowhere. So my garde is watered, and I hope it means out water table is approaching normal for the time of year again. So I am I happy? Absolutely not. It blew up my modem so I have no net access at home again So, I won't be around so much until I scrape together the funds to replace it. Again. Has this ever happened to you? We've lost several, and once whilst we were out our telephone box exploded and we came home to find melted pieces of the plastic casing all over the floor.
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@peavey (15674)
• United States
3 Apr 12
Knock on wood and cross my fingers, but no, it hasn't happened to me. If we get a really severe thunderstorm, I go around and unplug things. The modem and router are on their own surge protector, too. The worst thing that ever happened to me during a storm was when we lived in an old farm house that had a wrap around porch. One lightening strike combined with a hard gust of wind separated the roof of the porch from the side of the house. That was spooky!
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@GreenMoo (11842)
3 Apr 12
wow! We have a surge protector. And every time we have a hit that blows up and needs replacing too. Makes me wonder why we bother.
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@peavey (15674)
• United States
3 Apr 12
Wow. You must have some really bad storms, then, or very close lightning. I've never had anything get past a surge protector. Maybe it has to do with the wiring in your home? It might be worth having someone take a look.
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@dragon54u (31296)
• United States
3 Apr 12
Don't you have surge protector power strips over there? That would have kept it from blowing up, even through the phone line. I usually turn mine off during bad storms just to be careful even though I have surge protectors. I hope you can replace it soon!
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@GreenMoo (11842)
3 Apr 12
We can protect the electricity line, but not the phone line. Mind you, every time we get a hit the sure protector blows up too and needs replacing. I really wonder why we bother. I can unplug everything, and I pull the cord on the phone if the storm gets bad, but I can't keep it unplugged when not in use like I can everything else.
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6 Apr 12
just once.. there was a bad storm with thunder and lightening. i'm 25 now and i think i was 5 when this happened. it blew all the power in our house, and every single lightbulb. and it happened at about 10 at night. so when the power DID come back on.. we had no bulbs lol! i only remember it as my dad had candles everywhere and let us stay off school because we were up so late because we were scared. my sister was 2 and a half, but she doesn't remember lol!
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• China
4 Apr 12
Sounds horrible! the thunder got your modem and teleghone box exploded.I am not good at electricity.I think if there is thunder storm,I will kill them.What does the modem cost there?Here It is priced 100 yuan RMB.
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• China
4 Apr 12
in our hometown it's kind of normal. when the thunderstorm comes, you must unplug every electronics you can ,the computer,television and the fridge even sometimes.once my uncle is outside and no one else at home.plus the thunderstorm is very strong ,so when he got home is too late ,the compute is broken.it's costed my uncle almost 1000$ to repair the computer.
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• Philippines
4 Apr 12
Here,last week flooded road here because of hard rain in 1 hour i think.But now, is hot weather,it's hate and feels that inside your skin burn it. so hope that people will okay not sick.
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• United States
4 Apr 12
Yeah sometimes the rain can be a good thing, but sometimes it can be a little too much. It watered my flowers pretty good .
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@vertu007 (683)
• Romania
3 Apr 12
I never had this problem. Have you ever tried talking to your net and phone providers about this ? Maybe they can help. In my home I never had anything broken because of lightning.
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@deebomb (15347)
• United States
3 Apr 12
Hello GreenMoo. We have s0e really good thunderstorms around here but s far we haven't lost any electronic equipment. We do have surge protectors too. But there isn't any guarantee that they will keep the computer safe. We had a thunderstorm early this morning. A lot of thunder and rain. One of the thunder claps was s loud that it sounded like a gunshot right next to me. It woke every one up. It had to be really close to be that loud. I like to watch and listen to the thunderstorms as long as I'm not out in one.
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@inertia4 (26585)
• United States
3 Apr 12
Well, thats good noes about the rain. But the modem, that has to be a problem. But, how are you on MyLot of your modem blew up? Unless you are using your smart phone or something.
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@jillhill (37354)
• United States
3 Apr 12
Dang a friend of mine had that happen too...the lightening knocked out all her electrical including clocks etc....what an inconvience! I hope you are able to get it together soon...are you at the library or something now?
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@GardenGerty (88985)
• Marion, Kansas
3 Apr 12
I have not had a problem with the modem. With my first lap top it was damaged during a thunder snow storm. Yep, thunder and snow and lightening and it hit my electrical system. I am not sure but I probably did not have a surge protector. The pin inside the computer that the power cord attaches to was jolted loose or some such, and that eventually led to the computer's demise, although we struggled along with makeshift repairs for quite a while. At least a modem costs less than a whole computer to replace. Now, when I hear thunder I completely unplug the lap top.
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@Orson_Kart (3909)
• United Kingdom
3 Apr 12
That's the trouble with water tables, they aren't electrickery friendly. I suggest investing in a wooden table. They are much more reliable and last for years. Top tip that!
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
20 Apr 12
Yes, we used to need a lightening rod on our home. But some widget built a house higher than ours and now they're getting the lightening strikes. We had phone and answerting machine after phone and answering machine go down.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
20 Apr 12
We're still waiting for rain, we're 3.5 below our normal water table (inches.)
@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
3 Apr 12
Ouch! Nope never anything like that. I have had laptops break, I am not a good person to have a laptop, atleast not without always putting it on the table or an a steady surface. Is there a way you can get a cheaper modem or would the company you got it from replace it because it wasn't really your fault.
@GreenMoo (11842)
3 Apr 12
We've been through this before! The only way around it is to unplug everything, all of the time. But these surges come in via the phone line, and we can't keep that unplugged when we're 'not using it'!
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@pergammano (7756)
• Canada
4 Apr 12
OWCH....that's shocking! BAD pun! First of all...let me share! Rain, that is..almost drowning, here on the "Wet" Coast of B.C.! An inordinate amount of rain! Accompanied with lots of noise and light shows! Tends to make me huddle! For some odd reason, your troubles make me think that your house does not have a grounding rod...which is mandatory on all homes here! I cannot imagine having those incidents occuring and not be frightened excessively...such a fire hazard. All electrical, including phones are grounded..so I do not have any feedback! I do have expensive surge protectors....but the other bonus, for me, is that my ISP provides all modums FREE (course not free, but is included in the monthly rental!) So when one needs replacing, there is no cash outlay! That's a WHOLE heap of trouble, for having a wish fulfilled..and I am sorry!