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Old 05-03-2007, 06:23 AM
 
Location: Clayton, NC
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Not sure if this is a common thing, but I heard it from some of my friends who work for the cable & electric company.

Apex, Holly Springs & Fuquay Varina are all settled on top of some sort of sheet rock or just rock in general. Supposedly, when there is a bad thunder/lightning storm, there is a really good chance most of the area loses power. They were telling me they have seen wiring coming out of the walls after these kind of storms. They actually staff a higher rate of employees in these areas to prepare for these kind of storms and the after effects.

I know this has happened to two of my friends who lived in an older home in Fuquay. The wiring practically shot through the wall and it was expensive to fix.

My question is this: has anyone had this happen to their home before? I'm sure alot of folks on here have never had that happened, just wondering if there was a special kind of wiring you can get to avoid these kind of things in these areas. I have a couple of friends who are moving into these areas and they would love some feedback!
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Old 05-03-2007, 06:51 AM
 
Location: Wake Forest
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Not sure if this is a common thing, but I heard it from some of my friends who work for the cable & electric company.

Apex, Holly Springs & Fuquay Varina are all settled on top of some sort of sheet rock or just rock in general. Supposedly, when there is a bad thunder/lightning storm, there is a really good chance most of the area loses power. They were telling me they have seen wiring coming out of the walls after these kind of storms. They actually staff a higher rate of employees in these areas to prepare for these kind of storms and the after effects.

I know this has happened to two of my friends who lived in an older home in Fuquay. The wiring practically shot through the wall and it was expensive to fix.

My question is this: has anyone had this happen to their home before? I'm sure alot of folks on here have never had that happened, just wondering if there was a special kind of wiring you can get to avoid these kind of things in these areas. I have a couple of friends who are moving into these areas and they would love some feedback!
Interesting, I have never heard this before. I do have to say it brought back memories! When we were in apex (ten ten road and kildaire, so close to holly springs) it was a joke in our neighborhood how much the power actually went off. We definitely had a lot of flickering and short outages during thunderstorms, and just random outages during the week in perfect weather. It could have been our neighborhood though, because during the last bad ice storm (2003) our power was out for 4 days, and all of the neighborhoods surrounding us had power in 2 days...........

Leigh
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Old 05-03-2007, 07:01 AM
 
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I must be in a good part of Apex, because we VERY rarely lose power. In fact, most of the time we are comfy cozy watching the tv reports of all the areas without power.
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Old 05-03-2007, 07:32 AM
 
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Interesting. I have worked in Apex for the past 5 years and I can tell you that our office has lost power several times during severe weather. It doesn't usually stay off long or sometimes it just flickers a bit. I have lived in FV for 2 years and have experienced some pretty severe thunderstorms there. I have never lost power although we've gotten a flicker or two from time to time. I actually lost power more in storms in Cary than I do in FV. Weird, I just never really thought about it before.
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Old 05-03-2007, 07:59 AM
 
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I have lived in Apex for 8+ years. The only time I remember losing power was when we had that terrible ice storm and there was about a million trees down. I actually live near Ten Ten/Kildaire for the past 4 years and haven't lost power once.
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Old 05-03-2007, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Wake Forest, NC
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I haven't heard this before, but I'd like to see more information about it. It sounds interesting. Where I live (south side of Holly Springs), it's all red clay and lots of quartz/quartzite. Quartz itself is an insulator, but it also has interesting piezo-electric properties. So there might be something to it.

But I also know that there's an old fault line that runs SE to NW just south of Holly Springs (pretty close to town hall if I remember correctly), and the soil type is different to the north of that fault line.
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