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My Generator Page and
What I Learned As Florence Came Through

Back in 1989 when Hurricane Hugo hit Charlotte NC on September 22, my wife asked me the night before if I thought I should tie down or move the garbage cans.  I said no, we always have hurricanes on the coast and it means we have good sailing breeze here in Charlotte.  I was wrong, in fact I think I located the garbage cans but I do not remember where they were.  Below is a photo of what we used to sail in the late 60’s through the 90’s.

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I have had my generator which is a NorthStar 5500.  Years ago we had it hooked to the electrical boxes that are out the back door.  I keep the generator in the garage which is close and roll it out when in use.  It is not a good idea to run it in a garage or any other closed space because the carbon monoxide get in through the small spaces in doors and windows.

We usde the generator one time when we were in New York City around the first of the year.  We had a severe ice storm and the elctricity was out for much of Charlotte.  We were watching the evening news in New York and the TV showed a family from Charlotte hunkered down in front of a roaring fire.  It was our next door neighbors.  That was quite a shock.

When we got home I was able to get the generator running and we kept the frozen stuff safe.

I suppose we might have used the generator on one or two other times but it is still a pain to hook up because I always have other stuff loaded on it.  I also have to refresh myself as to how to start it.

So now let me tell you what I learned before and during Hurricane Florence.

more later  10-8



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