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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

We just had a bad storm go through our area. A tree fell and took out a power line right across my driveway. I called 911 while I was on the phone with the dispatcher the line started sparking and almost caught the branch on fire (about 10 feet from my house) God willing it didnt catch fire. The firemen put up caution tape up across the street so no one can drive by my house. So luckily I have a backup generator that is automatic. We have power thanks to that. Then the surge protector got fried that was hooked up to the modem and hubby's PC so I hooked the modem up to an extension cord to be able to access the internet. We have no weather sirens out here so we rely on TV and internet 100% for any alerts. Oh yeah and we only get satellite so if the weather is bad it gets knocked out until it passes and then we rely on the internet solely. Tomorrow, if consumers energy hasnt come out, there is a hidden access road (that was supposed to actually be a road that the township never put in) so we can take my truck and carpool to work until the tree and power line is out of my driveway. Ah the downside to living in the country.

I always joke that I live in Michigan where mother nature is going through menopause. Her moods are ever changing and once you get used to one she changes her mind. OK now I am going to attempt to go to sleep. My oldest cant sleep b/c the generator is right off of her room and it is loud so we are camping out in the living-room. And, I cant sleep because I am all worked up. We are all ok. Firemen and been out here and gone, there are no fires now to wait for the power company to come out and get this powerline outta here. Hopefully soon I dont want the generator running this hard. I paid way too much for it lol.
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  • no profile photo CD1928831
    We rely so much on technology that when the power source goes down...it's like a trip to the Twilight Zone. (Kids then to make it an adventure). Years ago we went through a hurricane in Biloxi, MS...the kids thought it great fun to get to sleep in a closet at the evacuation shelter...have only flashlights and non perishable food. When the winds came all the adults wer scared...the kids thought it fun. No loss of life, but lots of damage (and even that the kids thought fun...this big old tree uprooted and on our roof...it took weeks for it all to be cleared up and the kids loved playing on that tree. Glad you are not in serious straights. Hope all is back to normal quickly.
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    3441 days ago
  • MICHIGANLORI
    . emoticon "Michigan where mother nature is going through menopause". That's so true!
    3442 days ago
  • MICHIGANLORI
    . emoticon "Michigan where mother nature is going through menopause". That's so true!
    3442 days ago
  • PHOTO_MOM_1984
    Consumers made it out at some point last night and took care of it. Power nis restored, hubby moved the branches (wasnt the whole tree after all) we can get out of the driveway no car pooling no driving through the woods to get out. Thank you for your concerns. It was kinda cool to camp out with my daughter and puppy lol.
    3443 days ago
  • IILAAD65
    Um... where are the men in their big electrical trucks???? lol

    How about a radio?? I am in the midwest and we do have sirens BUT they aren't always reliable. They go off for the least little thing. Then look at Joplin .. it hit without warning.

    Glad you are ok!!!!! And look at it as a camping experience lol.. things you don't get when the kids get older.
    3443 days ago
  • ANIMATED71
    What a night you have had. Good thing you all are A-OK. I am a city gal but grew up spending all our free time at my grandparents cattle farm and love the country. I keep promising my parents that I will get us a nice little house in the country soon and I hope to stick to that promise, but reading stories like yours remind me of how challenging it can be. You are so smart to have a generator, they are great investments. I always think of them as insurance and the great thing is you don't have to deal with an insurance adjustor and deductible when they are needed. I hope you all get a decent night's sleep and things get back to normal real soon. I come from tornado alley (Kansas) and realize how fickle Mother Nature can be.
    Good luck!
    Bre
    3443 days ago
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