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Novanut
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Thank you Hugo for your hard work. I'll wait till morning to throw out the spoiled food, if that's Okay with you. And, please, don't press that button again, anytime soon. Wait at least a few months before you have your next temper tantrum with the senators.

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Posted : April 19, 2015 12:05 am
CruzanIron
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Thank you Hugo for your hard work. I'll wait till morning to throw out the spoiled food, if that's Okay with you. And, please, don't press that button again, anytime soon. Wait at least a few months before you have your next temper tantrum with the senators.

You need a better fridge if your food got spoiled in 13.5 hours.

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Posted : April 19, 2015 1:10 am
Scubadoo
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Thank you Hugo for your hard work. I'll wait till morning to throw out the spoiled food, if that's Okay with you. And, please, don't press that button again, anytime soon. Wait at least a few months before you have your next temper tantrum with the senators.

You need a better fridge if your food got spoiled in 13.5 hours.

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Some suggestions for dealing-
-Surge suppressors degrade with each surge, if you've had one for a while it may no longer be protecting. If it has a health status indicator, check it.
-Small Uninterruptible Power Supplies will probably defend your poor susceptible electronics better than surge suppressors. The better ones guarantee your plugged in devices won't fail due to power transients. Solar power systems convert power similarly as UPSs which is why they also have much more immunity to power issues.
-The US has product safety standards to protect life and property but nothing required to ensure how well your products function, they let the market control that. Needless to say most of the US market doesn't have power reliability issues like the VI. Buy "CE" marked products if you can. Europe requires that products meet standards for susceptibility to nasty electrical events like transients and surges, radio interference, static discharge etc and products marked CE are tested to meet these requirements (as well as safety standards.) Finding CE marked electronics shouldn't be difficult at all but CE marked appliances may be hard to come by unless they are marketed (or made) in Europe.

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Posted : April 19, 2015 3:33 am
Novanut
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I use an APC on my electronics. Fridge is old and the LL is too.

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Posted : April 19, 2015 4:32 am
buck
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On and now off again on the East End - STX Jeepers!

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Posted : April 19, 2015 6:54 am
speee1dy
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the power outage was a bit inconvenient. i was asleep for 2 of those hours. had to go get blood work, go to kmart and then go out to eat. the going out to eat was the biggest challenge but we ended up at blue water terrace. lunch was delicious. i was surprised at the number of restaurants that did not have generators ( imagine the money they could have made ) the few that we found open were packed and you know the were raking in the money.
looked like the beach got over used by people who do not normally go. i am sure they had a great time.

after lunch a nice little nap.

all in all it was a nice relaxing day with an amazing breeze. i was very grateful that it was not the dead of summer.

this reminded me of the day long power outage back in 2004 or 2005. not bad at all and i doubt we lost any food.

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Posted : April 19, 2015 9:21 am
speee1dy
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ps-all in all our power was out for a total of 16 hours and we had a mini power outage at about 4 am this morning also

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Posted : April 19, 2015 9:25 am
jostvandog
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I'm sure Hugo will get a bonus for "getting the power back on sooner than thought" Kudos to all the line workers and WAPA boots on the ground people busting their asses while the high ups sit in A/C on generators. Also the awesome nurses and doctors at the hospital. We have friend who are nurses and they worked hard into the night. Mapp was here I'm sure for photo ops on how much he cares before he got back to his palace. But we have found a positive in this. We thought we were prepared for hurricane season. We have a portable generator but not enough extensions so we used this as a hurricane drill. "Thanks Hugo for helping us out"...sarcasm font. So there is a positive for us.
The only time our government officials want accountability is when they are delayed on a flight at the airport going somewhere on their many business trips.

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Posted : April 19, 2015 12:21 pm
CruzanIron
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I'm sure Hugo will get a bonus for "getting the power back on sooner than thought" Kudos to all the line workers and WAPA boots on the ground people busting their asses while the high ups sit in A/C on generators. Also the awesome nurses and doctors at the hospital. We have friend who are nurses and they worked hard into the night. Mapp was here I'm sure for photo ops on how much he cares before he got back to his palace. But we have found a positive in this. We thought we were prepared for hurricane season. We have a portable generator but not enough extensions so we used this as a hurricane drill. "Thanks Hugo for helping us out"...sarcasm font. So there is a positive for us.
The only time our government officials want accountability is when they are delayed on a flight at the airport going somewhere on their many business trips.

Shut off your main breaker and push power into an outlet. Shitting off the main keeps power from feeding back into the grid. One male/male for each side of the breaker panel and your whole house will have power. Or push into a 220/240 receptacle. Unplug your water heater and don't use your elctric stove if your generator is too small.

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Posted : April 19, 2015 12:42 pm
islandjoan
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One thought about fridges: if the power went out when your fridge was close to the end of a defrost cycle, then the fridge and the freezer would be in the warm danger zone (according to a fridge thermomet). So if the power went out at that time, food would definitely spoil within a 16 hour outage, because the fridge/freezer would not be at their coldest when the power went out.

Everyone should invest in a little thermometer for their fridge and freezer. I think the safety zone is something like 4 hours or less under 40 degrees in the fridge. Over 4 hours over 40 degrees and the food will spoil. I'll check on this and post back.

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Posted : April 19, 2015 1:16 pm
Scubadoo
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Shut off your main breaker and push power into an outlet. Shitting off the main keeps power from feeding back into the grid. One male/male for each side of the breaker panel and your whole house will have power. Or push into a 220/240 receptacle. Unplug your water heater and don't use your elctric stove if your generator is too small.

But totally illegal and unsafe if you're not careful. The folks at
GenInterlock have kits to do it right and you can add a proper input receptacle to get rid of those cords with males on both ends.

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Posted : April 19, 2015 2:22 pm
bobbycal
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i think every time there is an outage...all the residents of stx should get naked (or as close to it as they are comfortable) and have an impromptu mardi gras

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Posted : April 19, 2015 2:24 pm
CruzanIron
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Shut off your main breaker and push power into an outlet. Shitting off the main keeps power from feeding back into the grid. One male/male for each side of the breaker panel and your whole house will have power. Or push into a 220/240 receptacle. Unplug your water heater and don't use your elctric stove if your generator is too small.

But totally illegal and unsafe if you're not careful. The folks at
GenInterlock have kits to do it right and you can add a proper input receptacle to get rid of those cords with males on both ends.

Illegal? If my main breaker is off I can do whatever I please with my house. Can you point me to law that says what I suggested is illegal, because my house is wired to push 220 into the house with the main breaker off.

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Posted : April 20, 2015 12:08 am
Scubadoo
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Article 702 and 705 of the National Electric Code (NFPA 70) require a transfer switch or other approved disconnect means be used to isolated the public utility connection in buildings that have public utility electric service. The NEC is adopted into law in most US jurisdictions (some have their own more restrictive codes). I'd expect the USVI has adopted the NEC into law. WAPA would be able to answer that question. The requirement is their to protect the linemen working on lines that they think are disconnected until someone plugs in a generator feeding their panel and forgets to turn off the main breaker and kills them. I doubt the VI has generator police looking for illegal connections (it's been known to happen in the mainland) until someone actually does get hurt.

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Posted : April 20, 2015 12:48 am
Alana33
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After both Hugo and Marilyn, we connected my small gas powered, portable generator directly to the house's meter so that once the generator was started, we had power to the house without the use of any extension cords. Could not run everything but a couple lights, refrigerator, the water heater and pump for running water for showers drinking, dishes and toilets was wonderful. It was greatly appreciated during those the long months without power. Hope never to see another time like that, again.

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Posted : April 20, 2015 1:36 am
vicanuck
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This event was a good exercise in preparedness. I was very happy with how my diesel generator performed. For me, it was just another day.

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Posted : April 20, 2015 11:27 am
Alana33
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I'm sure it was a wake up call for many and, hopefully, for JFL to get their act together and their generators properly serviced and running. It's a good thing no one was harmed due to their inability to have back up power. Hurricane season is just around the corner.

WAPA doesn't need bad weather to go off-line so best be prepared, always.

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Posted : April 20, 2015 12:25 pm
shangirl
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Hi everyone! I know nothing about power there as I am still in the states (just posted for my first time in this topic today) I just found this thread interesting because my daughter and I are thinking about moving to USVI and she has a friend who lives in the Bahamas part time every year and is back in the states. Today she tweeted "Why is my power out? I'm not in the Bahamas!" So she and I were just discussing this. Sounds like this girl is pretty used to her power going out in the Bahamas.

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Posted : August 17, 2015 11:53 pm
Alana33
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And you will be too when you live here!

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Posted : August 18, 2015 12:36 am
speee1dy
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lol, it is a way of life. but did see something interesting on Jericho about how to make ice without electricity using fertilizer a bucket a metal bowl and maybe something else. should be a help when the power goes out for extended periods of time

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Posted : August 18, 2015 10:37 am
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