We had a power outage today. For no particular reason, beautiful day, but the electricity is out. For no apparent reason. Go figure. I dragged the generator outside, fired it off, and powered up the shop. It did well. We'll call this a dry run in case we ever have to do it for real.
The power went off at 11:00, came back on sometime after 1:00. I disconnected everything and reverted the shop to pole power. Let the generator cool and put it away.
We have a major intersection about 100 yards from the house, and our circuit powers the traffic lights. I can't imagine that the power company would shut the power off frivolously. But, no one ever gets an explanation of why the power went off. Did Rocky the Flying Squirrel trip a braker somewhere? Did an ISIS armadillo commit martyrdom in the transfer station? Or, did some doofus slam into a light pole, We'll never know and the imagination runs wild.