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DOGSBODY
DOGSBODY  51432 forum posts England30 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2012 - 9:14 AM

We had a thunderstorm earlier this week and one of the flashes was obviously extremely close. There was an almighty bang and an orange flash. We looked but could see no obvious damage anywhere. Later that evening however I found that my modem was no longer working and was as dead as a Dodo. Luckily I still had an old modem from a previous broadband supplier and that still worked OK.

It appears that lightning struck telephone wires and the charge came down through the line and caused quite a bit of damage in our street. A number of people have had to buy new phones and, at least one other person, had his modem destroyed.

I always switch my computer off at the mains when it is not in use and, thankfully, that was not affected but I have never thought to unplug the phone especially if there are storms about. I will in future.

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Gaucho
Gaucho e2 Member 122260 forum postsGaucho vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2012 - 9:41 AM

Here in France we can have seriously impressive electrical storms and people in the village have lost TV sets, not only phones. We have all our sensitive equipment go through surge protected blocks which may or may not help. Whenever we hear thunder we switch everything off as it can be right on top of you in no time. Good photo opportunities though Smile

Stubill
Stubill  6107 forum posts England
26 Apr 2012 - 10:16 AM


Quote: I always switch my computer off at the mains when it is not in use

And unplug it ?
A wall socket switch won't stop a few million volts Wink

Rob Freem
Rob Freem  1291 forum posts France
26 Apr 2012 - 10:56 AM

Gaucho,

What part of France are you in ?? I am in Confolens dept 16 seriously impressive electrical storms here to

thewilliam
26 Apr 2012 - 12:07 PM

A few years back, when I was photographing a wedding, the epicentre of a thunderstorm was right over the church. Partway through the register shots, I wondered why the shutter speed had suddenly become an awful lot longer. The electrical field had reprogrammed the F100 that I was using. I switched to the F2 that was my ultimate backup to complete the register shots and do the recession.

All our F100 bodies needed to be set up again from scratch but there was no lasting damage.

Gaucho
Gaucho e2 Member 122260 forum postsGaucho vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2012 - 12:13 PM

@Rob Between Carcassonne and Beziers, Aude dept 11 and still waiting for spring to arrive Smile

JackAllTog
JackAllTog e2 Member 53627 forum postsJackAllTog vcard United Kingdom58 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2012 - 12:20 PM

Same here Dogsbody, Neighbours modem 2 weeks ago; And another neighbour last week whilst home working - modem and PC for him.
Our virgin fibre also went out last week but i can't see how this is related to lightening.

Andy_Cundell
26 Apr 2012 - 12:26 PM

The only lightning for Virgin Media is Lightning Fast!Grin

scrimmy
scrimmy e2 Member 6366 forum postsscrimmy vcard Scotland5 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2012 - 12:35 PM

11 years ago I was chatting to a lady friend online when a thunderstorm took out my modem. That lady is now my wife and on the day of our wedding 4 years ago another thunderstorm broke as we wed. Do you think somebody was sending a message? Lol. Good thing I donít believe in portents, omens or prophetic events

TonyBrooks
26 Apr 2012 - 12:56 PM

I remember when I was a youngster at home my Old Mum you to switch every thing off during a storm from Tv to lights just to be safe.
We don't seem to do that now?

Tony

adrian_w
adrian_w e2 Member 73355 forum postsadrian_w vcard Scotland4 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2012 - 2:07 PM


Quote: I was chatting to a lady friend online when a thunderstorm took out my modem. That lady is now my wife

Even after you cut her off so peremptorily mid conversation ? She must be very easy going Wink

scrimmy
scrimmy e2 Member 6366 forum postsscrimmy vcard Scotland5 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2012 - 2:19 PM

first and last time Adrian......takes a lightning strike to shut her up nowadays...lol....just kidding dear. And yes, she is very easy going Smile

bigalguitarpicker
26 Apr 2012 - 10:11 PM


Quote: First and last time Adrian......takes a lightning strike to shut her up nowadays...lol....just kidding dear. And yes, she is very easy going Smile

I like it! Me and "her" got engaged on Friday 13th March, married on 15th July. This July we'll be celebrating 40 years married life!

StrayCat
StrayCat e2 Member 1014813 forum postsStrayCat vcard Canada2 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2012 - 10:18 PM

Speaking of lightning strikes; I remember years ago they had a picture on the front page of the local paper of this poor old man lying in a hospital bed. He had been going to get in his truck during a thunderstorm, and when he grabbed the door handle, he was struck by lightning. They found him lying in his driveway beside the truck with smoke rising off him. The journalist asked him what it felt like to be hit by lightning. He replied; "It smarts!"

NEWDIGIT
NEWDIGIT  3401 forum posts United Kingdom
4 May 2012 - 1:02 PM

Hey adrian whos brain did the lightning strike IM guessing it was hers LOLWink

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