We just had a power cut for over an hour. This might not sound like much and I’ve certainly been through much worse but it’s unusual for round here and it must have been pretty severe.
As far as I can tell, the whole of Brookside and Stirchley were out (over 10k people) including the street lights and the mobile phone masts. According to a friend on the other side of town, their power dipped a couple of times and someone a few miles up the road said that their lights had been flickering.
When I still lived with my parents we had power cuts that lasted half a day or more. I think we had one lasting over a day once. Every time it rained heavily, snowed or there was a strong wind, the power would go off. As kids we were used to it but it’s different when you’re an adult with kids of your own trying to get them to go to bed in the dark when they’re not used to it and thinking ahead to how you’re going to warm the house up if the electric doesn’t come back on soon or if the fuse box has blown (we did wonder when the street lights came back on but we still had now power).
Anyway, the power is back on now and it was only an hour or so but it was such an inconvenience even for that short an amount of time – no landline (digital phones), no internet (no power for the routers), no TV and no lights (other than candles but they’re not much use compared to an electric light). Looks like we need to prepare more for the future power shortages.
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