My region is known for its thunderstorms.
From late April into early September, my area is bombarded with constant rain showers and severe thunderstorms.
We usually get hit the worst late in the afternoons as the day slowly transforms into night. Although my house is at a high elevation, many of my neighbors within a half-mile radius are always at risk for flash floods when we get hit with enough rain. Since the winds are always strong as well, tree branches fall and cause damage to cars, roofs, roads, and powerlines. It’s extremely frustrating when I’m trying to work on my computer and the power goes out randomly during a surprise thunderstorm. But, one huge problem is that our power seems to keep going in and out regardless of whether or not a powerline was physically damaged. The rain alone can spur a two-hour power outage. Since it’s really hot in my region, the temperature in my house climbs with the air conditioner off for long periods of time. I get uncomfortably sweaty and my house begins to smell after so long without constant air flow from the central HVAC system. Thankfully, I found an affordable storm generator that runs on gasoline and produces enough electricity to power my spare portable air conditioner. I use this portable air conditioner as a make-shift heating and cooling system whenever my central HVAC is down or being serviced. Even if I can’t get my computer back on, I have peace of mind whenever there’s a power outage now because I always know that I will at least keep an air conditioner running. It might not be a replacement for a central air conditioner, but it is surely better than nothing.