There was a freeze storm, meaning there is 3 sm of ice on a branch of a tree 1 sm big. A lot of trees broke, some came down on electrical wires. No electricity means no heat (and it's -4 outside) and no food (electrical stoves).
Our electricity went out at 10 at night and came back at 6pm the following afternoon. It would have been fine, since we have a fire place and burned wood to keep warm and also a camping stove with a small gaz container, so we could boil water for tea and coffee. The problem is that Yaelly was sick, so in the middle of that we had to drive to a doctor. She will be fine, it's just fever and not strep throat, but I didn't know that. The car was frozen solid, we had a problem opening the doors and the windows were frozen too. That means that you can not see through the windows, unless you scrape the ice from them and that the street lights are not working.
I thought it was a total regional outage, but apparently it was not. I was just a matter of your power line being hit by a tree. My friend had power all the time, I just didn't know that. Check out pics of the next street - all fallen trees, some apparently on my power line. My parents street looks the same - they got electricity back after 2 days.
That next street looks amazing - very pretty low branches covered with sparkling ice and a disaster zone. One tree fell on a car and broke the front windshield. Snow is romantic to look at, snow is great to ski on, ice is great to skate on, but when you walk under trees covered with ice and being lower than they usually are because of the heavy weight and when those iced branches start to ring because of the wind - I look to where to run from possible falling branches.
Is that my power line this tree broke?
The moral of the story is to always keep dry fire wood! Wet fire wood takes forever to start burning :):):)