The usually pretty Madison isthmus got ugly today. Two electrical substations caught fire, one exploded. My HQ data room power improvements in the past year paid off but it was a surprising mess in terms of TELCO issues. I feel lucky that I completed new cellular backup for our payment networks only a week ago. Two of our grocery stores were still able to process cards without customers feeling it. Our main 300 Mbps fiber link was out for 5 hours. The prepper mentality is not me but two substations out in the capital city is food for thought. The utility does not have an ETA for for return of service for city center still without power. Fellow associates who do similar work shared same or similar TELCO issues. Our ISP trucked a generator to the backup site. One of our sites 85 mi away had a short Internet outage tied to one of the data centers hit by this. In this world of so many so easily offended, it appears some are mad about the governor declaring a state of emergency. I'm sure the same people would be mad if he did not. City center, state govt buildings, a lot of business and 11,000 residents are without power with heat index at 105. Photos from local news.