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October 1st, 2007

Jin Shei Cover from sgreer

Hello, October...

Guess what? We started out with a massive state-wide power failure last night. Ours went out at something like 7:30 PM or so. I called in three times to get updates from the messages on the power company's outage update line - the first update was almost immediately after the outage (I wanted to see if there was anything to tell me the reason for it on the phone messages) and they said that the company was "aware of sporadic power outages in its service area" and then reeled off a list of cities from north of Belingham to south of Olympia which did NOT have a service restoration time estimate (this included us) and a bunch that did, with the times given ranging from two to four hours from that point in time. The second message still did not have a time estimate for our area, and that was some 40 minutes after the first. I finally phoned again after nine, and they said that they estimated power restoration to our area for "between 12 midnight and 1 AM".

We decided to go to bed (there being little else to do other than stare at candles (which both cats DID do, staring with big round eyes as though they were hypnotised). Just as we made that decision, the lights came back on. YAY! I fixed the clocks in the kitchen (stove and microwave) and *just* as I finished doing that... the lights went out again.

And stayed out.

We followed the original plan and went to bed. The clock by my bedside was, of course, dark; when next I opened my eyes to look at it, it was on, and it was 10:34, so they restored the power by that time.

There was nothing in the news about this in the morning although rdeck did find mention of a lightning strike in Tacoma which had an effect - but didn't seem to be powerful enough to cause a state-wide disruption lasting at least four hours (and apparently considerably more in some areas - I heard them mention, by name, Bellingham, Sedro Woolley, Renton, Redmond, Issaquah, Olympia and South Bend which really is most of Western Washington) and when I called up the power company to see what I could find out, all they could tell me was that their machines told them it was "equipment failure", which, frankly, doesn't fill me with confidence.

THis might be a long, long winter. Perhaps I should stock up on candles and buy a couple more fleece blankets...