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Southwest Florida Tropical Storms

We had three tropical storms hit my house in about a month in 2004, One Hurricane Charlie hit Punta Gorda as a 3.

The other 2 hit the east coast then came across and hit me from the East.  My home was damaged in all three, shingles off, sheet rock damaged, glass doors broken from debris, etc…  A real mess to clean up.

I was not prepared for the 1st storm, and went without power for about a week.  We lost everything.

When the second storm, Hurricane Francis, hit I had started being a Prepper.  I had an 8500 watt Electric Generator and was able to keep the power on with a/c and lights, and cable.   After the storm I gave ice to neighbors and helped cleanup the neighborhood with my chainsaw.

An easy way to prep ice is fill 1 gallon jugs about 3/4 full and put in the bottom of your freezer.  If you lose power, or you need ice for someone, it’s easy to give out, provides water, and keeps your stuff cold.

The third storm was easy; I was ready.

I now live in Saint Marys GA about 30 miles North of Jacksonville.  In May of 2012, Tropical Storm Beryl hit Jacksonville.

We lost power at 11:00 PM Sunday and it did not  come back on until Monday at 3:00.  Not to fear, I now have a 6000 watt 30 amp inverter running my deep freezer and refrigerators.  We also fired up the 8.5 kw generator so we had lights, a/c, cable and hot coffee in the morning which we were able to share with the neighbors.  Those inverters are great!  They are Mod sine wave so there is no power surge, it just keeps everything running.

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Steve

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  1. jedi1111 says:

    Could you please explain the difference between a generator and a power inverter?

  2. stevenswilkins says:

    that was very helpful thank you! JEDI111…as far as i know and inverter you hook up to your car/truck batteries and it converts it to usable power.

  3. Bob says:

    Steve,

    I’m seriously considering adding an inverter / battery bank to keep my refrigerator / freezer up 100% of the time. Having the food in the freezer go bad is just not an option.

    How large a battery bank are you using for that?

    Jedi111: A generator generates AC power using an engine (running on fossil fuel) powering a generator head. It cannot store power. As such, you only have power for as long as the generator runs. An inverter converts stored electricity in batteries to AC power and is ideal for powering low power loads for long periods of time (Like the Refrigerator / Freezer). However,. this can be an expensive option. The batteries used are fairly special (Deep cycle storage batteries.) and are pricey. Not to mention the inverter itself, which can cost up to 3,000 dollars.