On Friday afternoon, September 14, 2012, Hurricane Isaac arrived in the Miami Valley. With wind gusts of more than 75 mph, which is equivalent to a Category 1 hurricane, Ike caused 300,000 of 515,000 Dayton Power & Light customers to lose power. For some, the power would remain off for more than a week.
When the power did go out, my wife and I weren’t all that concerned. We live out in the country a bit and we were used to storms knocking the power out upon occasion. Little did we realize that the power would remain off for more than a week. And we weren’t alone!
You don’t think about what life in Ohio was like before electricity became common in homes. A lot of us learned in September 2012. Gasoline for our cars was in tanks in the ground but couldn’t be bought because there was no power to run the gas pumps. If you found a station where the power was on, you had to sit in lines that went around the block in order to get some. Fresh produce and meats were gone from our grocery stores. We cooked our meals on a propane grill several evenings. The food we had in our refrigerator slowly went bad. Bags of ice were nowhere to be found.
We got up when the sun came up and went to bed when it went down. Our satellite TV had zero channels on it. In the week the power was off I re-read a dozen books. To quote a famous TV commercial, "Oh, what a relief it was" when the power came back on 9 days later.
I have never been caught in a “normal” hurricane. I lived through the 1973 tornadoes that destroyed my grandmother’s house just south of Mason.