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Flickering Lights
updated: Mar 21, 2014, 8:32 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

What's with the flickering lights around 11:15pm Thursday? It doesn't seem very windy. We're on upper Modoc - anybody else being bugged ?

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 COMMENT 504734 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-21 08:52 AM

Be glad your lights were merely flickering. Our electricity was off from 11:15 - 12:15 last night.


 COMMENT 504736P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-21 08:56 AM

We had momentary brown outs around the same time off Turnpike near In-N-Out.


 COMMENT 504740 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-21 08:59 AM

Something is odd with the system these days. Not sure if it is due to smart meters or possible hacking of the system. We have transformers blowing every week and sudden surges and twinkling. I hope it is not part of some sort of sinister plot to come as it has been shown they can hack into power grids now.


 COMMENT 504749 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-21 09:12 AM

We experienced it near Cottage Hospital too. I just thought my roommates were using too many outlets at once.


 JAD agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-21 09:22 AM

Power went out in Samarkand area about 1045. Went to sleep then, so didn't see when it came back.


 COMMENT 504756 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-21 09:22 AM

Maybe EMF interference from drones overhead as security for Veep?


 COMMENT 504761 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-21 09:31 AM

The SCE website has a map of current outages. I checked it last night when our power went out in Samarkand.

It was listed as a planned outage to last about an hour and was to upgrade equipment.


 COMMENT 504776P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-21 09:54 AM

It was raining at our house, under clear skies, at 11:15pm. Big drops for about 3 minutes. Very weird.


 COMMENT 504777P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-21 09:55 AM

Lights were flickering in West Downtown as well around the same time last night. I thought it was just the fact that I was tired, but they repeatedly flickered. No power outage though.


 MARJELK agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-21 10:12 AM

Also flickered on the Riviera at that time last night, but no outage.


 COMMENT 504802 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-21 10:36 AM

Smart meters cause flickering? No. EMF? Drones? No and no. Hackers, and lions and tigers and bears, NO.

Things break. Flickering is often a loose connection, or possibly an arc-over. Much of our electrical grid dates back to the Eisenhower administration, and doesn't get replaced *until* it breaks.


 COMMENT 504827 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-21 11:33 AM

My usual worry when flickering or outages occur is from the potential power surge that can and has fried many local electronic components over the years.


 COMMENT 504832P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-21 11:45 AM

Thank the universe every day that we still have electricity (and water, and natural gas). People are using more and more, and there are more and more people too. The grid is old, tenuous, and performs amazingly well considering how fragile it is in how many places. Expect much more of the same until we get serious about upgrading and protecting our infrastructure. Please remember these boring infrastructure issues when you vote or talk with our elected representatives.


 COMMENT 504838 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-21 11:51 AM

Flickered couple times, then i heard the telltale siren of a firetruck.

Could have been an accident.

And no ones hacking smartmeters, i dont get the witch hunt about smartmeters.


 COMMENT 504879 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-21 01:14 PM

The power outage extended into most of upper state street up to Hope Avenue as well.


 COMMENT 504893 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-21 01:51 PM

776P .... Thats really odd...


 YIN YANG agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-21 02:26 PM

832, I do agree. It was a pretty extensive outage; I'm near Cottage; I know it was out in San Roque/Ontare/Hope. But there was a house across from me that still had power. We're having an awful lot of them all over SB. No wind last night; I did not hear a transformer blow. Planned, my a$$. lol

I still can't get my extended basic cable channels back! I've run"auto program" several times. grrrrr.

If anyone sees this, do you have any suggestions? I'll call Cox again...


 COMMENT 504920 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-21 02:45 PM

YES! We lost our Cox signal, too! But not the lights.


 COMMENT 504923P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-21 02:47 PM

Power flicked a few times up on Lincolnwood then went out for several hours. The first time they were restored I took a few minutes to see if it was really back on and reset the TV, alarm clocks, microwave and two TV's and it went back off again for another 1/2 hour. It was like a two year old finally reaching the the switch on the wall and turning it off and on. I finally got a hold of someone at their call line and they said they were "working" on it. I heard fire engines too and figured it was probably a accident, but when power was restored I went on their website and it did have a pin on Santa Barbara saying it was a voluntary outage. If, indeed it was a planned outage why didn't they let us know ahead of time so we could prepare?


 YIN YANG agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-21 02:59 PM

920, did you get it back?! All your channels? I guess so.
Funny, my internet connection is okay, obviously. I used it when the power came back on around 1 a.m.


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