The power went off at 6:30 p.m., yesterday and just came back on on the north side of Allen Street at about 5:15 p.m. today. There were reports that the south side of Allen had power sooner. A late morning check showed that Dollar General was closed as were a number of businesses downtown, including Tom's Market. Even the Post Office window was closed, because they had no power. However, US Bank, the pharmacy and the hardware store were doing business as usual. It seemed that the outages were spotty, with traffic lights working in some parts of town, and not in others.
Last night was a taste of what Hell must sound like, with tree limbs moaning, snapping and crashing to the ground. A slight rise in temperature freed the ice and heavy winds flung it from the magnolia alongside our house onto the roof and aluminum siding, making it impossible to sleep.
We had plenty of candles, food and water and wood for the wood stove. I felt like we were luckier than most. The thing we missed the most was the Internet. Hopefully, it's all over now for us. We're back, but word is that lots of other folks in town are still without power.
According to a report on WHIO talk radio, 80% of Yellow Springs was without power at the height of the outage.
Thanks to the village utility crew and everyone who worked with them under such difficult circumstances.