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Huge power outage strikes Inner North

johnboy 15 February 2006 10

It’s bee a long time since the inner north saw a power outage that saw us breaking out the candles.

Around 6.30 everything went out, including the MacArthur-Northbourne traffic lights.

A call to the ACTEWAGL line listed in the phonebook told me they expected the power back on by 8. There was a traffic cop in place of the abovementioned lights within minutes and by 7:40 a truck had pulled up in front of the junction box and ten minutes later power was restored.

Nice to see things function so smoothly. I’ve decided to stay under candlelight for the night however.

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10 Responses to Huge power outage strikes Inner North
Slinky the Shocker Slinky the Shocker 11:10 am 16 Feb 06

He he…the sing-and-dance class…

Kerces Kerces 10:38 am 16 Feb 06

I had a bit of a dance class in the dark, luckily with a battery-powered stereo. Felt sorry for the people in the earlier class — they had the whole thing in darkness with music from a blasting car radio for half of it.

llib llib 10:34 am 16 Feb 06

We had at least four outages, (at least) one while we were out watching “Circus Oz” (which was fantastic, btw), and three between 10:30pm and 11:30pm, each for less than 10 minutes (of the latter 3). That was well after the storm had passed.

colsim colsim 10:06 am 16 Feb 06

Weird, I live 5 or so houses down from those lights and we didn’t have even a flicker.

caf caf 9:38 am 16 Feb 06

The outage didn’t extend as far as Ainslie.

If anyone’s interested, the reason that power can often be restored so quickly is because our power system is based on a “ring main” design, which means that by flicking a few switches the faulty part of the network can be isolated with everyone back on power.

Thumper Thumper 9:35 am 16 Feb 06

Apparently the roof of Hawker college collapsed under the weight of the water and the SES boys and girls were out in force until the wee hours of the morning.

Not me, I had a gig at the Red Gecko in civic and could only wonder at how much damage the downpour was causing.

johnboy johnboy 9:24 am 16 Feb 06

7.45pm with all those clouds slinky!

and yes the place is a bit cave like, which is good for sunday mornings.

and yes, the glow of the monitor, and the ipod.

Spectra Spectra 9:18 am 16 Feb 06

Candlelight and the glow of your monitor, presumably? 🙂

Slinky the Shocker Slinky the Shocker 9:05 am 16 Feb 06

Candles at 6:30? Johnboy’s cave ;)?

Jey Jey 8:21 pm 15 Feb 06

awww how romantic

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