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I usually get the bulk of my LJ reading and commenting knocked out in the afternoon, but I missed that by a long shot yesterday. Rolling brownouts started just before 1500, then the power went out entirely at 1539. It came back about two hours later, when the local ABC affiliate reported an early version of the story quoted below, followed by intermittent brownouts before the power went out again just before dusk. That prompted us to make a quick trip out for fuel canisters and mantles for our Coleman lantern. The power was back when we returned home around 2130 and only went out once during the night, when the shrill power-on beep of our smoke detectors startled me awake.

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Source: http://www.wfaa.com/sharedcontent/dws/wfaa/latestnews/stories/wfaa050520_wz_transformer.2934e529a.html

Fire leads to N. Dallas power outage
10:18 PM CDT on Friday, May 20, 2005
WFAA-TV Staff

Fire at an electrical substation knocked out power to part of far North Dallas Friday afternoon as temperatures climbed into the low 90s.

The substation, at Gibbons Drive and Haverwood Lane, is located just south of the intersection of the Dallas North Tollway and President George Bush Turnpike.

Drivers and neighbors said they heard a loud explosion around 3 p.m., saw the smoke and quickly called 911.

Dallas Fire-Rescue units quickly arrived on the scene, but they let the fire in a large transformer burn while they waited for advice on how best to handle the situation.

Electrical service was cut off at Addison Airport, but the facility continued to operate on emergency power.

A TXU spokesperson said 25,000 customers were left without power at the peak of the outage; but as of 9 p.m. power had been restored to all of those who were affected.

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lenabud
May. 21st, 2005 08:04 pm (UTC)
I hate power outages; it's amazing how much electricity is a part of our lives. A few months back our power was out all afternoon, I would still walk in a room and flip the switch to turn on the light (why isn't the light turning on?...duh...the power is out). I'm glad all is back in order now for you guys. :)
revme
May. 21st, 2005 11:24 pm (UTC)
Power outages are teh suk. We used to have them here all the time. Luckily, though, we haven't had that many latel
!@#@#&*!(@&(#!@#!@)##&#&!#(#&#!

NO CARRIER
oddharmonic
May. 24th, 2005 10:17 pm (UTC)
*laughs* We had them frequently during the summer in Evergreen due to the near-daily thunderstorms then but the storm times are predictable enough that I usually just avoided using the computer in the mid-late afternoon and missed the majority of any storm-related power loss.

I haven't figured out how to predict outages here yet.
vogonpoet
May. 22nd, 2005 05:51 am (UTC)
Oh, honey... the power didn't go out, you just closed your eyes. ;)
oddharmonic
May. 24th, 2005 10:19 pm (UTC)
That would be a lot funnier if I was menopausal. (;
vogonpoet
May. 25th, 2005 02:37 pm (UTC)
Who was trying to be funny?

You DID close your eyes!

{smooch}
techno1992
May. 22nd, 2005 06:48 pm (UTC)
Whoa. I've been so out of it, I had no idea this even happened!
I was instantly horrified and worried that you guys were hurt, then relieved that everything turned out ok.
Glad to hear you're all right!
oddharmonic
May. 24th, 2005 10:39 pm (UTC)
It barely got a mention on the news, so I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of folks didn't hear about it.

Luckily we just got sticky from the heat and, thanks to the limited area of the power outage, were able to pass some of the time in a cool, well-lit store.
vogonpoet
May. 23rd, 2005 07:29 am (UTC)
But, hot you are.

12x12-1.
oddharmonic
May. 24th, 2005 10:40 pm (UTC)
Only to you.

CXLIII
vogonpoet
May. 25th, 2005 02:36 pm (UTC)
Oh, I don't know about that... and don't make me go find a whole host of ppl that will back my statement.

I mean, take this morning, for example. I woke up to this amazing angel stretched out beside me... just the right bits exposed to the subdued light... not too much, not too little... juuuuuust right. Makes me want to slap a ring on you as fast as I can, just so everyone will know you're mine. LOL But, ya know, it doesn't work that way... you have to choose to be mine and once you do ring or no it doesn't really matter what other ppl see/think.

"I laaaaahve you."

I might be home a little early for lunch. ;)
I love it when you're this way and we need to take full advantage of it!
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