Cities in the backwoods are usually small, one or couple red light towns with a few gas stations and a supermarket. But anyway, Monday night, bad storms swept through most of Georgia and even in our neck of the woods. This storms wasn’t so bad in terms of hail and lightning strikes, but the terrible winds made up for it–60 mph winds to be exact that felled power lines and huge hardwood trees that normally withstand storms. But from all the rain we’ve had in the past couple months that softened the soil, the winds just blew them over.
When the power goes out in the rural areas, it doesn’t come back on in just an hour or two–, no it can stay off all day or even a couple days if the conditions were bad enough. My longest experience in this was being out of power for 7 days during the blizzard of 1992. Blizzards rarely happen this far south, but when they do they cause a lot of problems because we have wet snow that turns to ice or slush that can refreeze overnight. We lived at least twenty miles from any city in any direction in NW GA. This time White Plains and the neighboring small town Siloam was completely out, but this was a walk in the park compared to other incidents like the Blizzard of ’92 among others. The next larger town over still had electricity. With no electricity no one could cook any meals and they poured into the couple restaurants that we have. Luckily I didn’t have to travel but I heard about the horror stories later.
With no electricity I couldn’t get on my computer and culture my book marketing pages. post anything, or check my emails. I was finally able to last night only to find out someone wanted to purchase a book. Luckily I left a signed copy behind because I figured someone may want to buy it and she delivered it for me. The person lives about 70 miles away from where I live. Phew! At least the phones still worked!