Two major power outages in four months. Does God hate Connecticut?
My electricity went out at the worst possible moment Wednesday evening. I had just finished writing a news article on deadline and was getting ready to send it to my editor. Then – pop! My PC and the lights in my office went out. Twice the power kicked back on, but only for a second or two, in the next few minutes.
Fortunately I saved a version of the story I was working on by sending it to my Gmail account while the thunderstorm was raging. Sort of a poor man’s online backup. (I could access it from my iPhone.) But I had worked another 20 minutes or so on it without backing it up again.
The experience only convinced me more that I need a notebook computer as my primary work computer. A desktop computer is completely worthless in a power outage unless you have a portable generator. A notebook PC has its own power. I wouldn’t have lost that extra work after the electricity shut off. I could have continued working on my story and sent it in.
Lesson learned. The hard way.
As of 11:05 p.m. Wednesday, nearly 18% of New Canaan, Conn., was without power. That’s five hours after the electricity went out. Some 1,500 homes were without power.
At its peak, 50,000 Connecticut Light & Power customers were without electricity.
Graphic: Power outage map from Connecticut Light & Power showing homes and businesses affected by Wednesday’s storm as of 10:05 p.m.