Let me back up and start at the beginning.... Thursday afternoon a HUGE thunderstorm hit our area. It poured, rain coming down in sheets sideways. The sky turned black in the middle of the afternoon. The wind picked up, gusting in all directions at once. Two thunder cells collided, causing a lot of wind and rain, lightening and thunder. Many places were flooded from all the gushing water on the ground. Trees starting falling left and right. And power lines came down.
Over a hundred thousand people lost power Thursday night in this area. Our entire area had no power. When we don't have power we don't have water, either, as we are on a well system. We also lost phones. Friday night rolls around, the electric company has been working around the clock fixing trees and power lines in our county.
It is so very dark here at night when there's no power. The woods are sheer blackness. On Friday night at 11pm our power is suddenly turned back on. We were sleeping, but got up, started the dishwasher and clothes washer. We checked around the inside of the house, everything seemed fine. An hour later the power goes off again. Sometimes this happens when crews are working on power in the area, they turn it on and off several times before getting it going again. We figured it would come back on overnight, and we went back to sleep.
Saturday morning, still no power. Hmmm... Wonder what happened? Saturday morning we drive down the street, see everyone else has power but us. We decide to climb through the jungle of woods to follow the power and phone lines that go from our house to the main road.
We continued following the electric and phone lines to our first telephone pole in the woods. The pole has a transformer at the top.
We continue to move on through the jungle.
When damage to power lines occurs, intense arcing and power outages usually result. The highly visible, bright arcing from a damaged power line is often referred to as a 'power flash'. If we were looking outside at the time, we would have seen all this going on.
The woods here are very close to our house. We are very lucky a major fire didn't break out.
When I look at this I just cannot believe the tree limb burnt, but all the leaves and other kindling on top was not set ablaze.
Now we are on the other side of the broken tree branch and fire area. the power line runs through the trees and jungle to the next pole.
Needless to say, after feeling the warm tree limbs smoldering, I called the emergency number for the power company. In no time flat we had three crews of electric company men out here. They worked here all day yesterday. They trimmed the trees in the area of the downed branches and ran new power lines to the house. They were hard workers and worked efficiently. I assisted by moving branches and limbs out of the way after they were cut down. They took their trucks down into the deep and hilly woods. I was concerned they may never get out of there!
The power company is supposed to come back to clear the woods around the power lines so this doesn't happen again. That's a different crew, the guys here today were the emergency linemen. These linemen were actually not even from this area, they were from Delaware. They were called here to assist our local power company. Thank you!
Hopefully that's the last fire I ever almost see!