Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Power outage in Miami!!!!

Can you believe this? This afternoon around 1:00 p.m. the lights went out in Miami...well, in Miami,-Dade County, Broward County and other parts of the State of Florida. People were trapped in elevators, schools went into lockup and 911 was not working! Never mind the street lights that went on the blink...no punt intended, causing traffic jams and other related nuisances. Homeland Security was on top of the problem assuring everyone that this was not terror-related. One added worry in these uncertain times since September 11th.

Fortunately, we live on Brickell Key!!! Lights came back about an hour and a half later. I turned on the television and there it was.....Breaking News!!!! I wondered who was actually watching... didn't they say that about one million customers of Florida Power and Light were without power? Anyway, seems that the nuclear plant at Turkey Point was shot down..no details as of yet why. Once this was done, a chain reaction took over and several relay stations fell causing the massive outage. Some people are not going to get their power back for about ten hours.....I don't even want to think about rush hour, getting home in the dark, accidents, burglaries...who know what else. This is so..... Third World a friend of mine would say.

One of the few things I hated about life in the Tropics was the frequency of power outages! Especially since our home was right on a dividing line (whatever that means!) and we always lost power first and got it back last!!! It was infuriating..... Electricity, being one of civilization's greatest inventions, means more than just light at night time....we need air conditioning in the Tropics, we need fans, we need.....well, you get the picture. We would have moved by now if we would have stayed on the island. I was not going to spend the rest of my life with this problem. At the same time, it is one of the inconveniences you put up with to be able to live in the Tropics...am I contradicting myself? I am sure someone would point out that I am, what to do. Anyway, we would have moved.

That was not necessary, we moved to Miami instead. For sure things would be better here. Why, maybe only during the hurricane season, great storms, high winds, flooding... of which we have had our share in the years since we moved here.... or power cuts announced in advance due to some sort of repair or maintenance could something similar be expected.... now, this I never thought would happen. Which bring me to something quite unexpected, Miami is like Curaçao in more ways than I would like to admit.

2 comments:

Pratishtha Durga said...

LOL, Merc... Great post! I am enjoying the blog a lot :)

You know what, why don't you post more pictures?

Aimee said...

Porfin, FINALLY!! I made it to your blog, Mercedes. Great to read the blog. Your experience on the Christoffelberg is still the exact same a few decades later! Such is Life in the Tropics, right? Love, Aimee K.