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Old May 7, 2007, 10:50 AM   #11
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I generally do this, too. Saturday we were out at some graduation receptions and, while the machines were off, the modem was still plugged in. There was no severe weather predicted and no warnings.

I will be purchasing a supressor this week that has both power and phone line surge supression (4750 joules). So, if we happen to be out and this same situation comes up, the equipment might be saved.

Nothing beats unplugging, though.
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Old May 7, 2007, 1:41 PM   #12
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There was no severe weather predicted and no warnings.
That is normal for where we live. By the time we get the warning (Minneapolis TV) the storm is long gone.

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Old May 7, 2007, 2:00 PM   #13
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i'm behind an APS and a belkin surge master with $60,000 warranty from belkin.
and yes, it has phone line protection also.
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Old May 7, 2007, 2:07 PM   #14
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Since we're only 35 miles SW of Mpls., we usually get warnings with a bit of time to spare. Not so Saturday. Sunday we had wind gusts of 70 mph+, and there was no warning, either.

Here are some pics from my neighborhood after the wind storm...
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Last one--all with K100D and tamron 90mm f/2.8
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Old May 7, 2007, 5:58 PM   #18
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Some nice pics, sorry the cause was not so nice. Surge protectors and UPS's are great and I use them on every computer in the house. However, no little box is going to hold back a direct lightning hit. It might save you from the strike that hits the telephone pole a block away though.

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Lightening is quirky - doesn't always follow the rules. One summer night in Ocean SpringsMississippi long ago there was a lightening storm. I heard aloud explosive noise during the night and checked around, finding nothing. In the morning I entered the laboratory and found everything black - walls, tables, floor - everything. Lightening had entered a window, struck an electric clock on the wall, followed the electrical connection down the wall to a socket and thence to a radio on the counter. The chassis was melted and the plastic case vaporized, depositing a film of fine black dust on every exposedsurface. Nothing else was damaged -- I speculated that it might have been "ball lightening" (St. Elmo's Fire), rather than a regular lightening bolt. Be that as it may, that radio (or the clock for that matter)could have been a computer had we had them back then, and nothing could have saved it.

Stuff happens.:shock:
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macshak - glad to hear the tornados missed you - they have always frightened me.

Rick - your pictures are very sobering. I think you were lucky to only lose the computer and modem, and not your house to a downed tree.
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