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Archive for Saturday, December 11, 2010

Outage leaves thousands without power

December 11, 2010

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Wind caused more than 1,200 people to lose power Saturday afternoon in Lawrence.

Westar Energy spokeswoman, Erin LaRow, said the outage occurred around 1:30 p.m. LaRow said the outage was wind related, which caused some of the primary wires to rub together.

The bulk of the outages were in the eastern part of the city. Power was restored shortly after 4 p.m.

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bshaurette 3 years, 4 months ago

What irks me about these outages is being "left in the dark" figuratively. Aside from the near-useless outage map on the Westar web site, there's no way to tell what's going on, what problems they're aware of, who's working on what and when they estimate power being back on. There's no emergency line (unless you count the outage reporting line, which is hardly comforting). They have a Twitter feed that's not updated with any kind of regularity. So we just have to sit here in the dark with the indoor temperatures plummeting, wondering if we should head across town and get a hotel room for the night, and don't get to find out what's happening until well after the fact, when LJ World finally publishes the stats.

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bearded_gnome 3 years, 4 months ago

spiderd, try looking again, at least four out of the comments reffed Merrill's wacky idea that power outages are a good thing because they force power conservation.

hmmm, were you once known as "spiderman" on here Spiderd?

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bearded_gnome 3 years, 4 months ago

Boston_Corbett (anonymous) replies …

Trees grow. Squirrels run. Wind blows. Ice falls.

---BC, you writing songs now? this is like lyrics dude.

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Grammaton 3 years, 4 months ago

I was right across the street from the source of the outage at 9th and New York. I was on the porch having a wake-up smoke with a hell of a sake hangover, and there was a tree in contact with the power line at a house on the other side of the street (with the adjacent shop). A large branch towards the top of the tree was burning from the inside out, and it exploded, sending bits of tree bark even over to where I was standing.

Then the power line broke. Concussive and very loud. Thankfully by the time I called 911 someone had already reported the problem.

Save for the emergency aspect, it was actually rather pretty to see.

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bearded_gnome 3 years, 4 months ago

link to that thread, good deal of reaction to Merrill's power outage post.

in those days we didn't have the threading, and everybody's posts were equal.

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macon47 3 years, 4 months ago

we have had more one to 10 minute outages in the past 12 months than we have had in the last 20 years . i am really sick and tired of it i see no reason for weststar to fuss around with smart meters , when they cannot provide decent service to the users. i hope erin larow reads this and responds

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bearded_gnome 3 years, 4 months ago

"7 December 2007 at 7:55 a.m. merrill (Anonymous) says: Power outages aka forced conservation are good for the environment."

---remember this when you read Merrill's other bright ideas.

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Tandava 3 years, 4 months ago

There have been a LOT of power outages here over the last year or two, it seems, and it seems they are happening with greater frequency. Why? Is the electrical infrastructure becoming outdated, or what?

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