I’m a Floridian, and got a direct hit from Irma. Power has been out since, and I’m going insane from watching my family suffer. I’ve got a 5KW generator, but it’s not nearly enough to keep my house running, by which I really mean my air conditioning.

Florida after a hurricane when the high pressure system moves in, is just about as bad as it gets. 90+ degree temps, 90%+ humidity and NO wind or rain. Add to that the fact you have days of manual labor cleaning up, and you have a special kind of misery.

I’m saving up to buy a 20KW system with a massive propane or natural gas tank (I have a natural gas line, so I may just go with that and get a standpipe and a tank as back up. Natural gas lines stay pressurized for quite a while.)

If you have AC, and you live in a hot place after a disaster, you are king. You can get pretty much any other supplies brought to you if you just offer up a couch to sit or sleep on for a few hours, especially if you can give them internet. As an aside, my Verizon LTE service held out through this entire ordeal, while everyone with AT&T have had virtually no LTE service.

The past 72 hours have been some of the most trying in my life. Between my kid, 90 year old grandmother, super-sad wife, and the fact that we are leaving THIS SATURDAY for a 10 day trip to Europe for our 10th wedding anniversary and still don’t have power back to prepare, has brought me to the verge of tears more than one.

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That is until I saw the power company trucks pull up in my neighborhood for the first time this morning. At that point I dropped to my knees and wept like a baby.

I’m going to wait for a few months while supply of them rebounds, and I’m sure I won’t use it for another 10 years between storms, but does anyone have any generator buying advice?