Terlingua Dreams

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Without Power for 14 hours 50 minutes...

The 6:00 p.m. news yesterday afternoon mentioned that there was a "possibility" of evening showers but there was a good chance that they would not materialize.  Around 8:35 p.m. the winds started blowing but not bad probably about 25 mph followed shortly by thunder and lightning.

Decided to write my blog entry early when all of a sudden the lights went out at 9:10 p.m.  I could not understand why as the thunderstorm was not that severe yet.  Then the winds started whipping up, the rain began beating on the windows and all hell broke loose.

Today, I would learn that the wind speeds got to 60 mph while at Laughlin Air Force Base they reached 70 mph at the height of the storm.

Thank goodness I had charged my solar lights so at least we had some sort of illumination.  The only thing I miss about having a real landline is that they actually ring during power outages.  While "technically" we still have one...it does not work without electricity since it is bundled with  Internet, cable and telephone service with Spectrum.

I would later find out that the City of Del Rio Emergency Management System did a robocall to all the residents at 9:39 p.m.  My question is WHY until then?  By now the storm was over! 

At 9:46 p.m. the outside street lamp...that WE pay for as there were no street lights when we first moved here...came on as well as the lights to all the neighbors across the street.  I could not see the lights on our side of the street as my family owns several lots and with all the rain we have experienced recently along with the growth it was impossible to see beyond my lot (adjacent to my parent's property).

I signed up mother for paperless billing a couple of years back to cut down on the paper clutter so had no actual bill to look up a number to report the outage to.  Decided to Google it only to find out that my cellphone battery was very low.  The number they gave me would disconnect me as soon as I inputted my area code.  Wished CPL had referred me to their parent company AEP who is the one that actually handles these matters.

To make an already long story short...and after multiple calls...the lights came back on exactly at twelve noon today.  It took 14 hours and 50 minutes for us to have power.

I was exhausted and after taking a two-hour nap with the A/C turned down to 72...once the power was restored...I felt a little better.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.