If you lost electricity because of some kind of natural disaster, how long could you stand living in a longterm power outage?
For those of us who appear to be in the path of massive Hurricane Irma, which has become the strongest hurricane in the Atlantic before reaching the Caribbean or the Gulf of Mexico measured since record-keeping began, the potential of losing power is just one of many concerns on our minds right now.
When Hurricane Matthew made landfall in the Charleston area last October, it was a Category 1 hurricane.
The most recent computer models I’ve seen suggest that if Hurricane Irma, which is currently a Category 5, reaches South Carolina, it will probably be a Category 3.
I’m not looking forward to that, friends.
Not even a little bit.
I hate being without power. Call me soft, call me consumed with “first-world problems.” But I’m the guy who’ll walk into every room during a power outage — when I know the power is, indeed, out — and still reflexively flip the light switch. Yes, I’m aware it’ll do no good, but reflexes kick in faster than I can stop myself and I immediately feel like an idiot for flipping that switch when I already know it’ll accomplish nothing.
And when it’s hot outside, not having power inside can make life far less than comfortable.
When Matthew struck, I was without power for two days or so. And yes, that nearly drove me crazy.
Now I sit here, pondering what the near future holds with this ridiculous storm, and read about the impact in Puerto Rico…and all of a sudden, I’m almost ashamed of the fact that two days in the dark caused so much stress.
Patrick is a Christian with more than 26 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.