COLUMBUS (AP) -- When the lights began flickering during another bout of thunderstorms, Leo Welsh
braced himself for his
second power outage in three days and decided there was no point in getting upset.
The first outage at his
Columbus home followed winds of up to 80 mph on Friday.
While other Ohio residents were told they might be in the dark for days, Welsh's outage lasted about 20 hours.
On Sunday, the second round of storms knocked out the lights throughout his
neighborhood, including the ones that had remained on at the house next door, and Welsh
figured it must be his
turn to wait.
packed the food from his
refrigerator -- plus the food his
mother-in-law had brought over when her
power went out -- carted it to his
brother's place in Grandview and patiently addressed his
3-year-old son's questions about when someone might be coming by to fix the TV.
"Getting worked up about it is not going to make the power come on any sooner," said Welsh, a nursing home administrator.
was repeatedly dialing home on Monday, hoping to hear the sweet sound of the answering machine indicating his
electricity was restored.