A storm moving through caused a power glitch in Cypress as thunder rumbled and rain fell. Edison is working on failed equipment in La Palma.
A flash quickly followed by a loud long rumble led into a power bounce in Cypress just now. The power sagged just long enough for our local UPS to click on before Edison, probably automatically, handled the power imbalance.
So we didn’t have a hard power outage.
According to the National Weather Service, our local forecast calls for rain today but said nothing about thunder and lightning.
Southern California Edison’s current outage map shows a repair currently underway in La Palma affecting 195 customers with an estimated power restoration time of 7 a.m. The outage is located west of Valley View St. between La Palma Ave. and Thelma Ave.
And thunder rumbles long and low again, accompanied by steady rain that should last all morning.
New Year’s resolution: check all our UPSes, batteries, and emergency lighting! The last time we lost power at home, we used the hurricane lamps that had collected dust on our mantel. Refrigerated food rode out the extended loss because we kept the door closed, dang it. Since our kitchen is electric, we couldn’t cook unless we used the backyard barbecue.
If we can’t survive a day-long power outage, how could we survive for a week to ten days after a major earthquake? This is also a reminder to check our earthquake supplies.
For now, back to work.