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February 26, 2008

POWER'S OUT

You may have heard this already, but the power is out in South Florida. Yikes.

Update: Mrs. Blog is out on the roads, which she says are chaotic. In other words, normal.

Update: The power's starting to come back in some places. We just got ours back.

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Fidel leaves office and everything starts to go wrong.

I'm sure some people don't mind all that groping around in the dark...

Tomorrow - the world!!!

The squirrels! I KNEW it!

OH! My bad! I didn't realize anyone was using that extensio cord.

But ... that's not supposed to be for another ..... Those double-crossers!!

Whut

extension, dang it, extension.

Ummmm, the power is out in S FL, but Dave's PC and internet connection are up? I think he may be in league with The Squirrels.

It could be worse--there could be a raging blizzard going on, but I guess y'all will have to settle for 80 degree temps and lovely skies.

It's not the squirrels, I tell you, it's those beady-eyed lizards...

Quick! The beer is getting warm! Drink it all NOW!

Fox News is showing footage of people driving around in Miami. I don't understand why they think anything is wrong. Isn't this the way traffic looks like in Miami everyday?

I just got an email alert on this subject from the Chicago Tribune, as I gaze out the window at our frozen landscape, snow-covered trees, 45 mph windswept rooftops, and randomly fracturing pedestrians.

I TRULY sympathize. Really.

since when do third world countries have electricity?

YAY we're back on!!

Those damn terrorist squirrels!

Power outage survival tip: red wine. Always a vital part of my personal hurricane preparedness supplies.

Charged snort at crossgirl!

Oh, it's storming there! Well, you'll have to settle for 80 degrees and a small monsoon.

CNN was on in the lunchroom. I was on the otherside and couldn't hear, but saw the text: "Police report transmission failure from Dade County to (somewhere, I forgot)".

And they were showing all of these cars at a congested intersection.

I was thinking WTF?!?! The transmission went out on all those cars at ONCE?!?

Later, the text included the information that 8 power plants had failed. That makes so much more sense.

OMG!! It was HORRIBLE! I couldn't get online! Couldn't use the adding machine! NO COFFEE!

*snork* Slyeyes !

Now, now, Siouxie, take cleansing breaths. Or clean your breasts, or something like that.

((((Siouxie))))
Dare I mention what happened in the NYC blackout of 1977? 9 months later....ka-boom.

*making deep breasts*

er...it's that damn subtitling thread

OMG! Its all the way up to 78 today in Miami. Quick, fire up the AC and set the temp to freezer burn. You folks in Miami do realize you can open up a window now and then right? *waits for the machete up side the head yet again*

Slyeyes --
If all the vehicles were Dodge Caravans of a certain age, having four or five transmission failures at the same intersection wouldn't be all that unusual.

I'm sorry. I just realized you can't open a window in Miami because of the burglar bars. My sincerest apologies. *hehe*

Thanks, Annie!

I, um...work with a gay (nttawwt) geezer and my BIL. No ka-boom here.

Thank goodness Dave is safe. I was worried drunk about him.

Everyone who thinks "In League with the Squirrels" WBAGNFA graphic novel (AKA a comic book), raise your hand.

Anyone?

Bueller?

sigh

Must just be me...

Mas potato chips and fresh Coors Light for my horses!

Doc, windows in Mijammies that open are called D-O-O-Rs.

Meanwhile, now maybe Rob can update this map!

Hmmm... It started in CA this way, too. A power outtage here - a power outtage there... Then more. Then rolling brownouts.

Get set, Florida. Get set to be raked over the coals by your power companies.

Can YOU say MARKET MANIPULATION?????


Nah, your Corporate Republican FatCats will protect you little people from THAT!

HONEST!!!

*smacks* Rick!

I guess the power companies are practicing being clueless for hurricane season today.

There are power outages throughout the entire state. Of course, my office still has power. :(

While we're at it, can we SoCal minions ship you some earthquakes? And Britney. Definitely Britney.

Sitting here with brand new pins in my hip, due to a fall on the ice during the last snow/ice storm here, I'm finding it hard to sympathize.

Besides, I thought "window" in Myjammie was "puerta."

Lights went out momentarily, then the generator came on in my office.

I'm sure that everyone in vehicles at intersections with lights out are treating the intersection like a 4-way stop; meaning no one signals, JUST GO. Several folks missed a 1:30 meeting here, dallyingout on the roads. La,la,la,la.

Schools are on "soft" lockdown. Like the buses & parents could get through the traffic snarls to fetch them anyway.

Lights went out momentarily, then the generator came on in my office.

I'm sure that everyone in vehicles at intersections with lights out are treating the intersection like a 4-way stop; meaning no one signals, JUST GO. Several folks missed a 1:30 meeting here, dallyingout on the roads. La,la,la,la.

Schools are on "soft" lockdown. Like the buses & parents could get through the traffic snarls to fetch them anyway.

Double post. Hm-m-m... Power disruption or terrorist squirrels?

*sigh*

I gotta get me a taser or some other signature weapon.

Hey! That's it! A taser! Wait - no, Chloe's got that covered already. Damn.

ec - that's what you get for blogging in the dark in the middle of the afternoon.

Annie,
Keep Twatney... PLEASE. We do not need to import additional wackos!

For those without power currently, we salute you.

Not dark, lights have onlu=y flickered three times. No one may be home, if you get my meaning, but generator power is great.

Nookie...You must live somewhere near me.

Maybe if we work together, we could scrape up a token iota of sympathy for our beleaguered Florida brethren and cistern.

Or maybe not.

cut the u= out!!!

Okay, someone told me it was storming in Miami and it is not. Either way, you have 80 freaking degree weather so boo hoo!

DD, speaking as an Electrical Engineer, if you don't have power, you don't have current, either.

Sheesh!

p.s. we are also under a tornado warning in broward!

and they say a nuclear reactor was shut down 'for safety reasons' and that caused it! OR, we are not sure, maybe the outage caused them to shut down the nuclear reactor! one of the two!

Uh-oh. This was just sent to the Herald.

OMIGOSH, just heard that even Mickey Mouse got hit!
That's just not right...

Nuclear reactors are shutting down? Quick, somebody call this guy.

I just told my daughter to leave school with her friend (who has a car). I do NOT want to go to the middle of downtown Miami and get her.

judi, the ones at Turkey Pt?? I saw something about that.

That's the day that the lights went out in Mi-ami
That's the day that they fried a terrorist squirrel

Andy the Tropichunt.com™ guy just sent this quote from a news source:

"We have reports that the nuclear unit scrammed [experienced unexpected shut downs], but we do not why at this point," he said.

I'm hearing on the news that drivers in Miami are treating unpowered traffic signals as not so much a "four-way stop" as a "four-way go".

I have no idea why this is considered news.

Ever since that bizarre Chip & Dale falling out, squirrels have hated the Mick Mouse.
This guy was just spotted near the nuclear power plant. He said he was looking for Jose Canseco.

Snork @ CG! Somewhere Vicki Lawrence is smiling right now.

Yes, Siouxie - Turkey Point, according to Andy.

Yeah Sioux, CNN has video of the folks waiting outside the open doors of the train, as if the power would be coming back immediately & they could climb back in, & be on their merry way. Of course, by now, I'mm sure that buses have been sent to the ststions. I got stranded on the train once, when the power went out in the system. It was after the Heat's afternoon parade, which wasn't exactly the mildest of days.

Note the tagline for a local TV station. 65 inches of snow so far this winter, and snow in the forecast for the next four days. I'm trying to convince the boss I need to make a business trip to Florida, squirrel terrorists be damned. Wish me luck.

Good grief! A tornado warning? Power outage? Nuclear shutdown? Is the apocalypse beginning starting with Miami?! Stay safe y'all!

Can't the chipmunks, mice, & squirrels just all get along?

Your nuclear reactor is named Turkey Point?

Annie, yes.

Another reason why Miami is not like where you live.

Lizzy, just a normal day in South Florida. We're so resilient; hardly anything fazes us, 'cept a cat 4 or higher, of course.
BTW, there were reports that MIA was shut down. Not the case. I can report the flights are dumping fuel as normal (cough, cough.)

Twice today I've had to reach out the window with a broom and sweep the snow of my satellite dish in order to watch TV stay connected to my wireless and get some work done. Sheesh, Mihamians sure have it rough.

ec - you're afraid of 4 cats? I have 2 so far and am just fine!

Wench, it sounds like a Sci-Fi original movie starring the guy who played Zach from "Saved by the Bell" and one of the many women to play ADA's on "Law & Order".

Turkey Point huh? I installed some computer equipment there years ago. Don't think there's any connection...

Yes Annie, Turkey Point is not too far from Stiltsville, which is a community of houses in the middle of Biscayne... oh never mind. She thought Turky Point was far-fetched...

Rick and EC--both those still sound scary! They just showed "Dave Street" on Fox News.

Yep. I actually ran herd on gopher tortoises at Turkey Point, for a time. Getalong, little terrorist bastids!

This blog has more info than CNN. Keep up the reporting. There is now a severe thunderstorm warning in Northern Florida also.

Ok..I'm outta here. Daughter is out of school and in her friend's car heading this way. Laters.

fivver, so this is YOUR fault???? You got any pet squirrels?

Turkey point. Cheney shoot.
In other news, Dave's Irish buddy, Dustin, won some song contest. (He's a turkey.)

Good luck w/the traffic, Sioux.

Regarding Turkey Point's shutdown: I think the operative word here is "D'oh!"...

The Herald article said

''It could take a couple of hours,'' said an FPL spokeswoman. ``We'll be restoring power in areas not affected and getting people back in a systematic way and getting them back into the grid.''

So they are going to start restoring power in "areas NOT affected." Makes sense to me - start restoring power where the power is still on. It's a lot easier that way

The Herald article said

''It could take a couple of hours,'' said an FPL spokeswoman. ``We'll be restoring power in areas not affected and getting people back in a systematic way and getting them back into the grid.''

So they are going to start restoring power in "areas NOT affected." Makes sense to me - start restoring power where the power is still on. It's a lot easier that way

See! See! Steve had a double post, too. It's not just me!

Steve, you are trying to apply normal logic to a So. Fla. event.
*slaps Steve upwards on the back of his head*

Good grief! Power outages, traffic snarls, tornado warnings (did I miss anything?). Oh, yes, Turkey Point is shut down (what else is new?).

If not for the Blog, I'd never have known.

(sips iced coffee 'cause after all it's 80 degrees)

Steve - they're right. The power here in SoCal is on! Wow, they're good.

Annie, when I read the caption on the photo in that article, I got nervous that they were touting Michael Jackson.

Now all Florida needs is a rouge hurricane to pop up. Don't laugh. The way today is going it could happen.

*rogue, not rouge...damnit!*

Well when PSE&G shut down the power here a while back, they sent us a email message telling us. Only two things.

1) Being that I don't normally light the lab with candles, it was kind of obvious, and I didn't need the email to tell me.
2) I couldn't actually read the email, because guess what PSE&G? Computers also need electricity to function, as do routers.

But Steve, it's so dark in those places where the power is off. How do you expect the poor workmen to find the switch?

DR, Can we get a rouge one instead? Ooh, that would be so-o-o-o pretty.

*snork* @ ec!

Doc...I gotta admit I spent about 30 seconds trying to figure out what a rouge hurricane was before I realized it was a typo...

According to this article, the problem was caused by a disturbance in the grid.

*Passes jar around office to collect electricity for south FL*

I once misread "Star Wars Rogue Squadron" as "Rouge Squadron" and asked why they would name a video game after lipstick. That was embarrassing.

Snork @ Daisy & EC! I'm here to be the comic foil...accidental or otherwise.

I find your lack of grid Disturbing.

*snork*@ Fax!

Hey, Layzee: you could try a blow torch!

Meanwhile, it's slowly coming back up, but it was much of Florida, all the way up to Gainesville. From there, Progress Energy takes over (and others further north). Here on the West Coast, we run off of a different set of nukes in Crystal River.

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