The evening news was about to conclude when the lights went out around 10:25 p.m. last night. If you have been reading me for a while you know that losing power for hours in particular in the sourthern part of Val Verde County is nothing unusual.
Del Rio does not have a local television station, we get our programming from San Antonio, Texas... 144 miles to the east of us. Though they mentioned the possibility of heavy rain and hail in the western zone, that is a pretty broad area.
It had been raining but not heavily and there had been lighting and thunder but nothing out of the ordinary, at least not by mother's house to have triggered an electrical outage. Thank goodness for my solar lights, we soon had lights in the living room, hall and bathroom (see mother my Terlingua gear can come in handy).
I wanted to write a new post but from past experience know that if the power goes out for more than an hour in particular at night, it is not going to get fixed until the following day. Our home phones are wireless, so plugged in our old fashion landline phone which always works in situations like this. I went to my room and reluctantly tried to go to sleep.
Got up at six to give mother her medication and we were still without power. Decided to go buy breakfast at Stripes, just to be on the safe side called, but no one answered. For some reason decided to call HEB and their telephone went directly to their answering system. That is when I concluded that perhaps the outage might be city wide.
This is when I thought perhaps having a smart phone might not be a bad idea, at least I could check the City of Del Rio Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CityofDelRio?nr. This eveining I did so and found that all Verizon and 911 service went out as well...so I guess I do not need a smart phone after all.
Power finally came back on at 9:38 a.m. 11 hours and 13 minutes later. It wasn't until I was watching the news at noon that I learned of the heavy hail that fell and all the damage it caused in town.
I looked at our local newspaper webpage and as usual...worthless! Went to El Zocalo webpage and not only got pictures but also a video. No need to know Spanish, videos need no translation http://www.zocalo.com.mx/seccion/articulo/danos-severos-por-granizada-1456221887
Good night. May you all have Terlingua Dreams.