Early this morning, I was up and sitting at my computer as a line of thunderstorms went through. We were in a severe thunderstorm warning and there was a lot of lightning and thunder, along with a rain and a brief period of small hail.
Then there was a flash and a boom — accompanied by a zzzzzzztttt about 18 inches in front of me…. and everything went dark!
We’ve only been home from our trip for 5 days and already we lost power. Jeeze!
And we were the only house in our stretch of the road that did!
So I got my cell phone out and used the handy, dandy Entergy app to report the outage – then went back to bed.
There must not have been many outages in this area last night.
It couldn’t have been more than a couple of hours before there was a bucket truck at the end of the drive.
Normally – sheesh, we’ve lost power to the house often enough that I can describe the normal process – the fuse at the top of the pole is replaced using a “hot stick” to lift the new fuse into place and then close the circuit back in.
It’s a very quiet operation that I probably would have slept through.
Not this time, though. It wasn’t the normal simple fix.
The weather was warm enough that we had some windows open and the sound of the truck and the equipment on it was enough that I woke up after about 15 minutes at 4 am, according to Karen.
The sounds were not that loud, for the most part, by the time I woke up, but they were not the normal night time sounds and I couldn’t get back to sleep. And the lights from the truck were certainly not what we have out here in the country that early in the morning.
My assumption was that the lightning strike had taken out the transformer.
When the lineman came up to the house to check out the meter, I went outside and talked to him for a bit. As I thought, this time it was the transformer and it had been replaced. He also told me that a major upgrade on a power line in our area would take a lot of the load off the main line that we are powered from, which should reduce the frequency of outages for us. I had heard about the upgrade last spring and, last week, had noticed the work had started.
I guess we’ll see. We’ve had too many power outages since last fall.
Oh, the zzzzzzztttt in front of me? That was the DSL modem getting fried… again. The last time was just a few months ago and, along with the zzzzzzztttt, I also saw sparks inside the modem.
I picked up the new modem on the way home from the gym today – no charge.