(Weather Watcher)
Fri Aug 30 2019 02:36 PM
Re: Hurricane Prep List

Apparently you did your research as you are well prepared and most definitely in the correct way. Quite a few people have died using a generator in the home or the garage. Your set-up made me envious as we had to wait until the storm passed, but was still raining. Ours was on the screened porch with boards surrounding it to shelter the thing. Then the darn extension cords! Having to constantly plug and unplug so it could handle the load. The well was constantly powered.

After the 3 storms which hit Central Florida in 2004, we had an electrician wire an outlet for the generator. At the time most of us were new to the use of generators for power outages. We hadn’t dealt with a major storm since Donna in 1960. Well, the electrician wired a no no! No transfer switch...just remember to throw the main house breaker before plugging the generator into the new outlet! An illegal bypass we learned later with much consternation! We decided to leave it fully aware of what to do when the next storm hit. We were fortunate in not having to use the thing again while still living in Florida. When we sold the house I stressed to the buyers the circumstances of the configuration. I advised them repeatedly of what to do....throw the main breaker or please, please have a transfer switch wired! We didn’t want our beloved (and loved they were!) linemen/line-women shocked!

Note: This is NOT an official page. It is run by weather hobbyists and should not be used as a replacement for official sources. 
CFHC's main servers are currently located at Hostdime.com in Orlando, FL.
Image Server Network thanks to Mike Potts and Amazon Web Services. If you have static file hosting space that allows dns aliasing contact us to help out! Some Maps Provided by:
Great thanks to all who donated and everyone who uses the site as well. Site designed for 800x600+ resolution
When in doubt, take the word of the National Hurricane Center