The storm, rain and wind are gone but t he power is still off. I do have water and I drew up 30 gallons of water to flush the toilet if necessary (so far not necessary). A good part of my community has their lights restored so I just have to wait. Sometimes the things you buy foretell what is to come. Case and point a couple of weeks ago I bought a Dewalt 20V fan. Right now I have the generator humming and the Dewalt fan cooling me as I type this.
Although this is not strictly a Shapeoko topic I wanted to tell how I have electricity to get on the internet. I have a 6550 Starting Watt Gen with 5000W continuous running. I have two extension cords (120v) with male plugs on both ends. I can use a regular extension if I need more length. I plug in to a circuit with the male end of the extension cord and do not plug up to the generator. I start the generator and get it running smoothly and then add the male other end of the extension to the generator and I have power to that circuit.
Make sure you disconnect your mains from the power company because you do not want the light company and your generator on at the same time. I also turn off the breaker to the circuit I am hooking up to so I dont get half of the electrical panel energized. I want to specifically apply power to particular circuits.
So I have one cord going to the refigeriator and my power supply of my cell phone amplifier. The other goes into a bedroom socket and I have lights and computer and tv there.
I have been thinking about buying a whole house generator for some time and will most likely pull the trigger in a month or two before winter.
Thanks for all your comments, prayers and good wishes. Thankfully all of the storm that is left is the crying over the damages. For me just the yard needs to be cleaned up and all of the stuff inside the shop moved back out.