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Message 1 of 36 (883816)
01-13-2021 9:39 AM


and the new generator kicked in and computers and modems and fridge and freezer and microwave and HVAC and most importantly coffee pot kept working.

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Message 2 of 36 (883818)
01-13-2021 11:02 AM


and another short outage
this is wonderful.

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Message 4 of 36 (883823)
01-13-2021 12:20 PM


And two more fairly short outages.

It's good to know it really works.


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Message 5 of 36 (884420)
02-17-2021 4:34 PM


It's been three days now with no power and my front porch looks like a Geek Squader's basement.

I put out a couple power strips on the porch so neighbors could plug in their cell phones to charge and so now there are cell phones all lined up getting charged. Down to just one now but it's been as many as six-eight out there. Also I've given out several butane cans to folk that have little camp stoves and on Coleman Propane bottle to a neighbor who had a camp stove but no propane.

For Christmas this year I gave my sister a big heavy weighted blanket and a butane one burner stove. Here apartment is all electric and in her area it's not just no power but they are also under a "Boil the Water" alert. That just ain't happening when there is no electricity.

No idea when power will return and the local Charter/Spectrum cable tv/internet/phone folk are down and will not even begin restoring service until the power is back. I'm using my cell phone as a hot spot to get internet service but boy is it slow and laggy.


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Message 7 of 36 (884422)
02-17-2021 5:34 PM
Reply to: Message 6 by PaulK
02-17-2021 5:15 PM


Two issues.
First, the Texas grid is NOT interconnected to either the Western or Eastern power networks.

Second, nothing was winterized, not solar not wind, not coal or gas.

Texas got exactly what it wanted.


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Message 9 of 36 (884427)
02-18-2021 7:05 AM
Reply to: Message 8 by ramoss
02-17-2021 6:30 PM


I wish it was just the last two but it actually goes back to 1935 when the Texas Independent Grid was created to avoid oversight and federal utility regulations.

AbE:

At 10:24 last night there was a text message from AEP that power was back on in the neighborhood.

YAY!

But my generator and all the other houses in the neighborhood didn't get the text so the generator kept working and no lights came on.

At 5:04 this morning there was a text message from AEP that there was an outage in this neighborhood and that an estimated time for restoration will be updated when available.

The power strips will stay on my porch for awhile.

Edited by jar, : see AbE:


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Message 11 of 36 (884429)
02-18-2021 10:20 AM
Reply to: Message 10 by Percy
02-18-2021 10:04 AM


Re: When the going gets tough the liars get going!
It's not just home water pipes that froze. Even Natural Gas well heads and coal piles were frozen.

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Message 17 of 36 (884436)
02-18-2021 1:47 PM


Power back on at my house, most of Edinburg still off.

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Message 18 of 36 (884438)
02-18-2021 5:55 PM


My sister finally has power.
The power is finally back on at my sisters and just in time since they are calling for yet another hard freeze tonight and likely tomorrow night.

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Message 22 of 36 (884446)
02-19-2021 1:27 PM
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02-19-2021 12:56 PM


Re: My sister finally has power.
The Mission water supply is fine. We never lost pressure and the plant is winterized. Even when the power was out all over we never had a water issue. Edinburg (next town over) is under a boil alert still.

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Message 25 of 36 (884454)
02-20-2021 10:14 AM
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02-20-2021 9:32 AM


Re: My sister finally has power.
The deep freeze this year reached even farther south to the other side of the river where many homes are even less prepared. The Valley (both sides of the river) is not really a valley at all but rather a vast flood plain and delta. There are remnants of the old river channels all over the area. But in Texas there has also been a strong belief that government, Federal, State, City, County should not interfere with freedom so our zoning and building codes are pretty much what existed back in the 1930s. Building new homes on concrete slabs in flood prone areas is general practice. It's funny in a way since the much older settler homes that still exist in many of those areas or did until they were torn down to build new expensive homes would have all been raised above flood level and most often irrigated by controlled canal flooding. In the flooding last year from summer storms quite a few of the most hard hit areas were new higher end communities.

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