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Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

3 weeks after Hugo - and I was personally one whose power was out the entire 3 weeks!

We were simply ill-prepared for Hugo - we're 150 miles inland, for Pete's sake!

Oct 14, 2018 04:50 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Fred- I am so glad to see you here because I've tried sending you a text to check on you. I think the longest has been 4 days. 

Oct 14, 2018 04:38 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

As far as I know maybe a day or two after an ice storm with strong winds Fred Griffin . A LOT of power is generated in ND and I think they can redirect it as needed here. That being said some of the more rural communities and farmsteads probably have gone much much longer.

Oct 14, 2018 04:08 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Nothing like yours.  In Los Angeles during the riots, we had no power for 2 days.  A

Oct 14, 2018 04:35 PM
Raj Taj
RE/MAX - Lake Bluff, IL
Drive By Blessings!

Good question, curious myself. Also curious how many have backup hard-wired-in natural gas generators.

12 hours max is what I remember in the past 30 years. Since I'm in a van, the only problem I would have is when the battery dies, I now have a 2 battery system.

Oct 14, 2018 04:00 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

That is a long time, Fred!  Hope everything is well with you.

Oct 14, 2018 05:01 PM
Sharon & Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette, IN - Lafayette, IN
West Lafayette homes for sale

Fred, it was about 26 years ago.  Huge ice storm in the third week of March and we were without power for three or four days.  Some people out in the country were without power for 7-10 days.

Oct 14, 2018 04:58 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Personally,  this has not happened to me. Yet. Stay safe. 

Oct 14, 2018 04:56 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

That's a bummer, Fred. I think the longest we had was in the ice storm many years ago and that was going on three days.

Oct 15, 2018 06:29 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

3-4 days after a Derecho came through here a few years or so ago. After that, we bought a whole house generator.

Oct 15, 2018 05:27 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Nine days, just a few years ago.

Community really banded together and shared resources.

EVERYONE vowed to stay in touch and keep the meet-ups going.

No meet ups since the hurricane.

Oct 15, 2018 04:52 AM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

In CT, the longest I've experienced was 9-10 days. I moved my family into a B&B because at the time I did not have a Generator & it was freezing out. I remember it was hard to even find a hotel that had vacancy.

Oct 15, 2018 03:27 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Oh wow... two weeks! I'm glad you and yours are safe. 

Oct 14, 2018 11:40 PM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Just a few hours. 

Oct 14, 2018 08:45 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

We rarely have power outages from storms.  I don't recall any power outage of more than a few hours.  The last outage I had was a few weeks ago when a car hit a power pole near my home. The power was back on in less than an hour.  

Oct 14, 2018 07:20 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Eight days and it meant no water (no showers, no bathrooms), no heat in addition to the ususal - no lights, internet, cell service (since via Microcell as we have no regular service). We installed a full-house generator since then, but after the rogue tornado we had, no gas trucks could get through due to downed trees and wires to deliver gas for the generator!

Oct 14, 2018 06:34 PM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Glad to hear that your power is restored Fred Griffin .  The longest we had been out was 7 days...and after that,  we installed a whole house generator!

Oct 14, 2018 06:02 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

a few hours for me. It opened my eyes to how we take it for granted

Oct 14, 2018 04:56 PM
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

That's terrible Fred. How are you managing? Obviously you have some type of power.... 

Oct 15, 2018 05:38 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

For me personally a couple of  hours.

Oct 15, 2018 05:20 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate Agent Retired

I remember about 3-4 days in a freak instance. The electric co. literally forgot that our small section had no power. I bailed & took the dog to Mom's house.

Oct 15, 2018 05:14 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Less than a day for our neighborhood but other areas of the County had been out for a week or two before.  Seems as though it sometimes depends on who your power company is. 

Oct 15, 2018 04:57 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

around 2 weeks, that winter was brutal

Oct 15, 2018 02:46 AM
Dee Toohey
Innovative Realty Solutions Group - Longwood, FL
Broker, ABR, AHWD, CIPS, FMS, ePro

Two weeks...Frances, 2004 but I have friends that lost power for 2 months during Wilma in 2005.  

Oct 15, 2018 01:51 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

14 days after a tornado in 1992.  8 days on my street, but we had damage between the street and meter.

Oct 14, 2018 09:26 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

We had a stretch of nearly a week a few years ago, fortunately we have a hand pump for one of our wells and plenty of batteries and generators.

Oct 14, 2018 06:24 PM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Wow! Fred Griffin So glad you are back on the power grid after the hurricane.

Here in western PA the longest I can remember is two days but most of the time the power is restored in a matter of hours. Guess I would rather deal with snow & ice rather than hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes or fires.  

Oct 14, 2018 06:18 PM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Coast & Luxury

2004, Florida got hit with Charlie, Frances, Jean and Ivan.  We were without power for 2 weeks maybe 3. Our neighbors got together and we were cooking everything in our freezers out on our grills. That was when we bought a generator. Once Home Depot got a shipment in we ran down to get one. We wouldn’t be without one now. 

Oct 14, 2018 06:05 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Not that long.

Oct 14, 2018 05:38 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

During the great NH Ice storm we were at 9 days. There was no generators in the state. I drove to Southern MA to find one and now I am ready for the next one. 

Oct 15, 2018 06:21 AM
Lesley Wilson-VanGoethem
Innovative Realty Solutions Group - Winter Springs, FL
Residential Real Estate Broker Associate

Ughh,,, brings back horrid memories of 2004/2005
Frances 2004- was 22 days, no elec OR water
Jeanne- ( 3 weeks later)  18 days ( and had my gallbladder removed 2 days after she came ashore)
Wilma 2005- only 8 days...  Was in Oct, so not as hot and unbearable

By the time Jeanne hit we had 2 full size generators one for the well/pump so we had water and one for house for fridge and a window AC  and a lamp

Oct 15, 2018 06:19 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

we've been a day or maybe two after a severe storm in the winter....

Oct 15, 2018 06:18 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

We've been very lucky , < 24hrs.

Oct 15, 2018 05:52 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

That is another reason alternative power source is needed. Solar panels 2-3K watts will get homes going. The new LEDs lights used less than 40% power while Life is extended to 50K hours.

Oct 14, 2018 10:07 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

I've only had two power outages in my San Diego living and both were just a few hours.

During the '89 earthquake in San Francisco we lost power for 3-5 days, I can't remember precisely.

Oct 15, 2018 07:14 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

About two weeks back in 2004 for Hurricane Frances followed by another week a month later by Hurricane Gene.

Oct 15, 2018 06:57 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

30 hours once in Palm City Florida. Less time in Ft. Myers where we were in the hospital grid!

Oct 15, 2018 06:54 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Fred, I believe we had a 5 day outage once in Oklahoma City. Some folks had 7 days after a whopper of a storm. It was a massive ice storm.

Oct 15, 2018 06:52 AM
The Villages Realty
The Villages Realty - San Jose, CA
"Our Performance Will Move You!"

We were out about a week after the 1989 earthquake.  

Oct 19, 2018 07:03 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Wow, that is a long time to be without electricity.    Glad you are back in business again.   We don't lose power often, we have underground lines.

Oct 17, 2018 12:04 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow, I would only say a day at the most.


Oct 17, 2018 11:41 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

So sorry about your troubles.  It's scary and inconvenient. I've been lucky as I live in a building an so far, so good.  But, my parents lost power for 2 weeks twice - once with Hurricane Sandy and once with a freak snow storm in October when all the leaves were still on the trees.  they live 25 mins from me.

Oct 16, 2018 04:28 PM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Hurricane Sandy knocked out our power for 10 or 11 days.

Oct 16, 2018 03:16 AM
Romylio "Romeo" Cordoba - NSB Realtor
Adams Cameron and Co. Realtors - New Smyrna Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate Agent

Five days, was not ready the first time and really struggled. Now I have a generator, flashlights, coolers, ect.

Oct 16, 2018 12:29 AM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

One day last year.

Oct 15, 2018 09:54 PM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL 305-931-6931

In 2008 in the house we did not have power over 10 days in Sunny Isles Beach - condos had it.

Oct 15, 2018 09:46 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

14 hours.  after 6 hours I got out the gas generator and had the refridgerator and freezers pluged on

Oct 15, 2018 08:30 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

The most around here was around 9 or 10 hours.  Went out around noon on a super hot Sunday day (no storm issues), so I held an open house where there was AC.  Power was still out when I got home and stayed out until 9 or 10 in the evening by the time they got around to fixing our power pole.  I did bring the crews some water and sports drinks, it was hot and they were working their butts off.

Oct 15, 2018 10:59 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Fred we don't have to deal with the huge issues all you folks on the coast have been dealing with. I feel for all of you - it's just crazy.  As for us we've probably lost power for a half day, maybe. Unless it's the dead of summer and really hot out we could deal with an outage for pretty long if that ever happened.

Oct 15, 2018 10:16 AM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

Wednesday through Sunday is a pretty long time! I am sure you were prepared, though. 

When we first moved to the area where we live now, a tropical storm came through and we were out for 5 days.  Ironically, we had discussed putting in a whole house generator before we moved and that caused it to get moved to the top of the priority list and get installed shortly thereafter.

Of course, once you do that, it is almost a guarantee the power will never be out that long again.  When the remnants of Michael came through here last week, a number of people lost power but should be back up midweek. Our generator ran for about 8 hours total, I guess. 

Oct 15, 2018 09:17 AM
J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

We had an ice storm when I was living away from my hometown and they were without for about 10 days I believe, maybe even 14. Before I cut down the bamboo in my backyard, we would lose some power in the wet season and it may be out a day or two.

Oct 15, 2018 09:07 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

A couple of hours. 5-6 max that I recall. It might not have been due to a storm. 

Oct 15, 2018 09:06 AM
John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, MD, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WV - Fair Oaks, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

I've been lucky.  2 days is the longest I've been without.  But we did have a generator when I lived in a rural area, and we never had any major storms aside from Sandy when I lived in more urban areas.

Oct 15, 2018 08:52 AM