Power Outages in Texas – Who wants them?

I don’t know what is about where I live, but thunderstorms often happen, and the electricity goes out more often than anywhere else I know of. Sitting in the dark, while the wind whips around you, doesn’t sound like much fun, but enter my daughter.

Radar Shows Storms Approaching

I am a self-confessed weather geek. I have many weather apps and I check the radar often. When I see bad weather approaching, my family receives a text message telling them they should charge their phones, just in case. When one of them is sitting at 10% or even 70%, they usually take heed. Power outages in Texas are common and nobody wants to be stuck with a dead phone. It’s just the way it is these days.

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Preparing for a Power Outage

While there’s not a lot one can do, there are a few things you can do. If you know strong to severe storms are approaching, you should charge your devices. You don’t want to be stuck in a severe thunderstorm with no way of communication. You want to be able to receive emergency alerts and check the radar. You want to be able to contact your power company if the lights go out. And let’s face it, you want to be able to play your games and get on social media.

You should check your flashlights and make sure their batteries are good. And if you aren’t about to go to sleep, light a candle or two. That way, you won’t be in complete darkness the second the power goes out.

One Strange Kid

I guess she is her mother’s daughter as I am obsessed with weather, but when my youngest daughter gets the message to charge her phone, or I tell her that storms are approaching, this 12 year old kid gets excited. “Oooh, I hope the power goes out!” Why? Most adults agree that there’s no benefit in the power going out. First of all, it’s dark. Secondly, you have to think about the items in your refrigerator and freezer. But to this kid, it means playing games by candlelight and if it’s bad enough, hunkering down in the hallway with blankets and pillows galore. Apparently, that is exciting. And fun.

A few weeks ago, I was running errands with my oldest daughter when I got a text message from my power company saying that our electricity had gone out. The weather had gotten pretty bad fairly quickly. I was expecting my youngest daughter to call me right away saying the power had gone out. Instead, it was about 10 minutes later when I received a text saying it was out. I told her that I already knew and said that I expected her to call me sooner. And then I realized why it took so long. I said, “You were lighting candles, weren’t you? SoutheastTexas-power-outages-in-Texas-candle

She was. We got home a short while later and she had candles lit all over the house, had the portable charger out for anyone who needed it, and a note on the refrigerator saying not to open it. She took charge in a house with 3 other adults.

Why us?

We have a community Facebook page where everyone discusses everything. And complains about everything. But that’s another story. As soon as there’s a power outage, everyone is commenting on when it went out and when it’s supposed to be back. Many times, someone or many people heard a loud boom. Transformers seem to get hit by lightning quite often around here. While there are a lot of power outages in Texas, everyone hear has the same belief that nobody else experiences the outages that we do. I live in a community called Pinewood. Maybe it’s the pine trees that attract the lightning. 😉

Go with the Flow

There’s nothing you can do to stop power outages from happening. The best you can do is prepare for them. Having a generator is one way to save your food and keep some lights on, your phones charged, perhaps even watch TV. A generator is particularly helpful in lengthy power outages. But for those short ones, once the storm has settled down, just relax and enjoy the company of those around you, or just the peace and quiet. Play some cards. Read a book. You can’t change it, so find a way to embrace it.

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