1. As Storms Bear Down, More Homeowners Look to Batteries – Not Generators – for Backup Power | National News | US News

    As Storms Bear Down, More Homeowners Look to Batteries – Not Generators – for Backup Power | National News | US News

    WHEN A PAIR OF DERECHOS dumped torrential rain and sent tornadoes spiraling across the mid-Atlantic in June 2013, uprooting trees and knocking out power for people in 18 states, Patricia Stevenson pitched in to keep her community running. With the electricity out for five days, neighbors in her rural West Virginia town couldn't use their fridges to keep food cool. They couldn't even power the well pumps. Stevenson, meanwhile, was apparently the only person for miles who had a gas generator. So they turned to her to draw water.

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