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Sounds like a sub-station xmfr blew. Happens all the time in storms and is one reason it can take so long to get the power back on. What many utilities do now is take them offline before the storm hits. This puts people in the dark yes but it makes restoration of power much, much faster after the storm. Some of those large transformers cost a half mil or more and the lead time for a replacement is measured in months. Ifyou are the utility ypu want to protect that asset as best you can. Ifthat means some people go dark that might not have lost power during a storm, that's what it is, but overall everyone is better off if they shut down the grid before it shorts out and damages infastructure that can't be easily replaced or repaired.
"When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)