I found out the hard way why generators are important

I retired from the military long before my wife retired. I really wanted to move down South. We had a kid living in Tampa, Florida and I wanted us to move down there to be closer to our grandchildren. The thought of living in Tampa Bay didn’t sound horrible either. After my wife finished with her job and retired, the two of us started looking for a place in Tampa. We moved to the city a few months after the retirement was settled and done. It didn’t take long to sell our house. It was only on the market for 15 days. We received a full asking price offer. Perhaps we could have gotten $10,000 more for the house, but we were ready to sell and really did not want to wait just for a few more dollars. My wife and I really weren’t prepared for the heat and humidity in Tampa Bay. We moved in the middle of June. It was 86° on the summer day that we left our place in Michigan. It was 101 degrees when we arrived in Tampa Bay. A few weeks after we settled into our new place, there was a tropical storm that knocked out the power for 5 days. We didn’t have a generator and we couldn’t run anything in the house including the refrigerator, freezer, or air conditioner. My wife and I nearly died from the heat. Without the air conditioner running, the house was at least a hundred degrees. During the day, there were times when I thought it was actually cooler outside.


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