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Hurricane Irene Home Depot Generator

Sound of Silence | Hurricane Irene | Wordless Wednesday


Hurricane Irene Home Depot Generator

Hello darkness, my old friend

I’ve come to talk with you again

Because a vision softly creeping

Left its seeds while I was sleeping

And the vision that was planted in my brain

Still remains

Within the sound of silence

Wordless Wednesday

Unless you had portable small generators. This was the scene at The Home Depot and just about any other retail store in Connecticut before Hurricane Irene. Although it hit New England as a Tropical Storm, over 600,000 homes were without electrical power and unable to run their appliances. The utility companies in Connecticut are estimating power to be restored around September 7th, 10 days after the storm arrived.

Were you affected at all on the East Coast?

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  1. Thankfully we were spared here in Florida, but I’ve got my eye on newly formed Katia and Lee.

  2. This morning waking up to the sound of silence was priceless!!! The silence of no generators in the neighborhood = the power is finally back on!!!!! I too live in CT. We are in the sticks and are used to having no power for days when the wind blows, so it wasn’t that bad. :)

  3. My corner of Florida wasn’t bothered by Irene. We had a little wind, a little heavy surf, a lot of rain, and a couple of tornadoes that spun off of Tropical Storm Lee, which was a few days after Irene. We know we got off light. Heck, we’re still recovering from Hurricanes Ivan, Dennis and Katrina.

    Since you mentioned generators, I always like to mention that after every natural disaster that involves a power outage, someone dies from carbon monoxide poisoning. Keep the generator outside and run a heavy duty extension cord to the necessary appliances. Make sure, sure, sure that no exhaust from the generator can get into your house through a cracked window or open vent. Ideally, use a carbon monoxide alarm (I know, they’re more expensive than fire alarms). After Ivan, a husband and wife died because they were running a generator on a screened-in porch, right outside where they were sleeping, and the window was cracked for the extension cord. I’m sure they thought it was a well-ventilated area.

    My husband and I didn’t have a generator for Ivan, but we had one by the time Katrina knocked out our power for three days (not that I’m complaining; we were dark for 2.5 weeks after Ivan). We only ran the generator for a couple of hours in the morning and a couple of hours in the evening, to keep the fridge cool. We never ran it while we were sleeping. We had it on a covered (but not screened) porch. The extension cord had to come in through our back door, but we placed the generator several feet from the door, and we didn’t hang around in that room while it was running.

    Please remember all these tips and stories, and if you have to use a generator for any reason, BE SAFE!
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