Most of South Florida went dark and linemen from all over the South East were brought in to get things fixed. We lived on canned food and instant coffee heated on a Sterno stove. The local maul had generators and the food court was jammed.
We woke up shortly after sun rise and hit the sack shortly after sun down. A night time county wide curfew was in place because the streets were littered with downed trees and a choice assortment of junk and there were no street lamps.
One evening and having just gone to bed a weird thing happened. Some of the street lamps started to glow and it took me five minutes to understand that the worst was over. When I awoke the following morning, we were back on line.
The Power Company was criticized for the delay in restoring power and then it became known that their C.E.O. had a private $35,000 generator in back of his mansion and had suffered little inconvenience. The irony was lost on no one.
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