I was watching American Choppers on Discovery HD when my monitors for my cameras all lit up solid white – the lighting struck close. The CCD’s on the cameras couldn’t handle the abrupt change from night to day and they shut down (note to self – if you ever want to rob something at night, it is easy to blind CCD cameras).
Before the cameras could recover, the power went out – only briefly – a minute of so.
When power came on I heard a cat giving birth in my kitchen. Really. It sounded like a cat giving birth. It was, in fact, my under counter TV I
have used to have in my kitchen. It was fried, but it was alive enough to make horrid noises. Hopefully I can save the 5 inch LCD screen for something else – but the TV tuner is dead.
I thought other electronics might also be affected, so I walked around the house, turning on computers, TV’s, radios, etc. The only other thing damaged was a ten dollar clock radio. Lucky me. Unlucky for you; my web server was just fine.
And yes – I have four cameras at my house. Three out front, and one in the back. Why? Why not? I like seeing who is in my driveway before they get to the door. Besides, I can keep an eye on not just my house, but my neighbor’s. Since I work out of my home, I can keep an eye on things for a lot of hours of the day. And with my Slingbox, I can also monitor the driveway via my cell phone from almost anywhere (comes in handy with two teenagers!).
But it’s still storming now – big storms. So I expect I’ll lose power again this evening. Hopefully I won’t lose any more electronics.