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Old 01-29-2008, 09:45 PM
 
Location: Gainesville, VA
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Hi all

Anyone know what caused the power outage in the Gainesville/Bristow area tonight?
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Old 01-30-2008, 06:07 AM
 
Location: Bettendorf, IA
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Hi all

Anyone know what caused the power outage in the Gainesville/Bristow area tonight?
Our power is out now in Tysons Corner. Wonder if these are related.
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Old 01-30-2008, 06:38 AM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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The winds got up to 50 mph early this morning, that would probably account for it.

That reminds me...

Moving to Nova? Here's a tip: look for a neighborhood that has buried the power lines. It's something that often gets overlooked, but you'll appreciate this detail after you've movd here. Wind, snow and ice can play havoc with the freestanding ones (and it's nice to not have to look at them, too).
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Old 01-30-2008, 06:55 AM
 
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Hi all

Anyone know what caused the power outage in the Gainesville/Bristow area tonight?
from potomacnews.com :

Problems with a transmission line left an unknown number of Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative customers without power Tuesday night. The outage largely affected residences and businesses along the Sudley corridor in the Manassas area extending toward Fauquier County, according to the Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue. But it also hit the Stonewall Jackson fire station hard. The outage apparently resulted in fire alarms being tripped, so for part of the night fire department crews were almost continuously running calls, said Randy Earl, a fire department spokesman.
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Old 01-30-2008, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Gainesville, VA
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Oooh... thanks for the response. I had no idea the outage was that broad. I had just put my pot pie in the oven and sat down to watch tv. The tv made a loud popping noise and turned off and the whole house was dark. I thought oh great now I've done something. Hubby is always saying I have too many computers on. LOL But then I realized the neighbor was in the dark and every house as far as I could see. Something told me the power was going to be out for awhile.

So, after figuring out how to get my car out of the garage when the power is out, I went in search of food. I drove thru Morris Farm... dark. Drove thru Glenkirk.. dark. Got to Linton Hall... everything still dark. Got to the intersection at Kingsbrooke, the light was out & the traffic was backed up(the cop was not directing traffic btw). Told myself it was time to bail and head back home. At the entrance of my neighborhood I almost got hit head on by someone turning into my lane. I knew it was dark, but jeez people... that's what head lights are for.

Got home and relit umpteen candles. Dogs wished I would just turn on the lights already! I did learn that I could turn on the fireplace with the remote when the power is out. Power finally came back on about 1 hr 15 mins after it first went out.

Edited to add that the wind was not kicking up at the time, that's why I thought this outage was unusual.
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Old 01-30-2008, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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Another tip for home buyers: Make sure you can manually open your garage doors if the power goes out. I remember being stuck in a townhouse in California once because the power went out and there was no alternate way to open the garage door.
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Old 01-31-2008, 01:12 PM
 
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Ummm, Why didnt you go out of the front door of the town house?
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Old 01-31-2008, 03:14 PM
 
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Ummm, Why didnt you go out of the front door of the town house?
Because we couldn't drive the car out the front door.

(Ok ok I shoulda written that more carefully in the first place... but the point was we didn't want to just get outside, we needed to drive somewhere.)
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Old 01-31-2008, 08:53 PM
 
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I wish we had a fireplace.....if the power goes out we will freeze..
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Old 02-01-2008, 06:12 AM
 
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I got it, Normie! I realized shortly after posting that comment that you probably needed to drive somewhere.

My builder wanted to charge us $500.00 each to install garage door openers... I declined and bought and installed them my self (I needed two) with the assistance of my father in law, for about $250.00

When I started meeting my neighbors, they were all commenting on how expensive their garage door openers were, turns out Richmond American made a mint off of them in my neighborhood.... well, at least they didnt get my money (on that option anyway!)
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