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Physical Sensation When Driving by Electric Utility Fault/Arc?

While driving home from work yesterday afternoon during somewhat-cloudy daylight, I suddenly noticed a bright bluish glow on nearby objects, heard a loud hum that sounded like it had 60/120ish Hz components, and felt a strange tingling/vibrating sensation in my upper body. When I got home, I checked the power company's outage map and saw that there was a ~500-customer outage centered around the area where this happened, which started around the time I drove through the area. The stated cause of the outage was "equipment problem." Because of this, I am guessing there was some kind of fault in the roadside electric distribution system which caused all of this, and I have some questions about what might have happened. [more inside]
posted by Juffo-Wup on Aug 21, 2015 - 9 answers

Power Outage Preparedness

I live in Atlantic Canada, and in the past year significant, long lasting power outages have become extremely common. We can't afford a generator. What other things would may family and I most benefit from, and what is the best/most reliable ways to power devices? I have a limited budget so we're talking bang for your buck. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Aug 15, 2014 - 21 answers


Let's say you have a global disaster where the traditional web is no longer available (all ISPs are down, or a virus/cyber-attack incapacitates the web for entire regions of the world). What are the data communication alternatives in this sort of context? Is anyone still running a BBS? Does anyone even have a dialup modem anymore? Is there something better than this? [more inside]
posted by furtive on Feb 25, 2013 - 12 answers

Items to have for power outages

What items (gadgets) should I have on hand for power outages? [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Jan 29, 2013 - 28 answers

Food safety during power outage

Can I eat this? Sandy power outage edition. [more inside]
posted by John Cohen on Oct 31, 2012 - 14 answers

Computer slow and messed up after power failure

I am tired of this damn computer and its numerous problems. Before this, I've had to replace newly bought RAM and a new HDD, a motherboard and oh so much more. Anyway, moving on. After a power outage I had while running my computer, it has never been the same. [more inside]
posted by johnx on Oct 3, 2012 - 17 answers

Why did my adapter go out, and how do I prevent that?

On Sunday morning we had a power outage here. My Mac's power adapter seems to have gone bad as a result, but none of my other computer parts did. What's the deal? [more inside]
posted by circular on Aug 18, 2010 - 6 answers

Heatless in Seattle

Looking for community shelter in case of power outage in Greenlake/Ravenna area of Seattle this weekend. [more inside]
posted by mumstheword on Dec 20, 2008 - 10 answers

Igby Goes Down, And It Costs Him

Apropos of today's Amazon.com outage: how much, in dollars per second, does an outage cost a company like Amazon.com?
posted by scrump on Aug 21, 2006 - 14 answers

Targeted power outage

We had a severe thunderstorm yesterday evening where we live in northern Virginia, and later the lights would not work in the bathrooms. The power in the rest of the house works normally. At no time during the storm did the lights even blink. Afterwards, when I checked, the circuit breakers were all in the "on" position. I tried switching them on and off but to no avail. We live in a townhouse that was built in 1976. I'm wondering if there's any kind of quick fix I could do before having to call a professional.
posted by NinaLee on Jun 26, 2006 - 17 answers

What is this electrical panel thing in my kitchen wall?

ElectricalFilter -- please help me identify this mystery panel in the wall of my old apartment! [more inside]
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord on Jun 22, 2006 - 15 answers

What's going on with plastic.com?

Anybody know what's happened to plastic.com? I haven't been able to get to it in over a week. Is the site down? Anyone know what the story is?
posted by jwest on May 9, 2006 - 5 answers

Internet pipes are down

Is there a major Internet backbone down somewhere? And how can we check it? I notice Dreamhost is inaccessible. Doing a tracert via my ISP, and using the tools at all-nettools.com, tracert.com, etc, neither can even get onto a backbone. Is a chunk of the nation out right now?
posted by rolypolyman on Sep 12, 2005 - 29 answers

Internet connection out after storm..

We had a power outage, now one computer on my network cannot connect to the internet. What happened? [more inside]
posted by phox on Aug 13, 2005 - 4 answers

Help me get my Dell to work with certain connection types again.

My wonderful Dell has a quirk: suddenly streaming media, antivirus updates, and MSN messenger are no longer able to connect. My netwrok settings 'seem' okey-dokey, so short of a long ass tech support call to India*, what gives?
*Not that I have any misgivings about that fabulous region.
posted by moonbird on Jun 26, 2004 - 12 answers

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