The MTFCA Headquarters went through a severe thunderstorm, lightning has taken out our servers and communication systems ("fried" is the term Susan used!) including our telephone system. We are unable to communicate though the main office at this time. Thank you for your understanding, if you have been unable to reach us. Repairs are in progress but will take some time as we will have to replace routers etc.
OMG they let the "BLUE SMOKE" escape! hope repairs are completed in a timely manner.
Thanks for letting us know. My house was hit a few years back. Took days to figure out everything that was fried and a month or more for some things to show symptoms.
This reminds me of when we lived in Ky.
We were on the end of a power feed and every time there was a thunderstorm sparks would jump from a light in the library to a cabinet. One of the electricians at work put three MOVs ( I think that is correct) on the inlet power to the house and it stopped. He said that if we got hit by lightening they would protect us but we would need to get 3 more installed.
I stopped buying plug strips with surge protectors and put this whole house surge protector on my circuit breaker box. It has a couple of LEDs to show me it's still working.
If you think of how many ceiling fan controllers, dimmer switches, microwaves, stoves, TVs, computers and other devices could be fried in a storm, it's cheap insurance.
I worked as a telephone repairman for forty years and have had many a conversation with customers about lightening, power hits, etc.
I always tried to make the customer understand that NOTHING man made is going to stop lightening. NOTHING. We're talking about a force capable of vaporizing a block of solid steel......and you actually think that $19.95 "surge protector" from Walmart is going to help? Even a strike miles away can knock out the mother board in a computer from discharge in the air, and never hit the phone/power lines. That telephone box on the side of your house is called a "protector", but it's designed to prevent the house from burning down and that's all. I've seen them completely burned and melted, but the house was still standing.
Your best bet is to simply unplug everything of value if an electrical storm is imminent.
I can get a response from Justin by simply holding a large pepperoni pizza from Clara’s aloft so it can catch the wind ...
Works every time ....
I have to figure out what Kate’s weakness is ....
Glad to report that the phones, internet, and email here at the biz office and museum are now back in service.
Thanks for your patience if you've sent an email in the past two days. We'll get back to you just as soon as possible.
Hope this is the last of some technical roadblocks we've encountered in the past few weeks! Knock on wood...
I think the office should be period correct and you should only send letters and telegrams to members.
Ya. No puters just pen, pencil, typewriters, and paper.
Crank phone, like Steve has is OK.
And They my need a Chicago typewriter for protection.
Im thankful that was the only harm done, glad all is alright. Be Safe!