Thanks for the heads-up. Pooh, as I haven't checked the weather report today.
Our power stayed off for an hour and a half last night but it's back now. The computers took the surprise well, but the washing machine went crazy and just sat there blinking at us in stunned silence. It refused to respond to the "off" button when held for the mandatory three seconds and even unplugging it for several minutes didn't knock any sense into it. As a last resort I held the "off" button for a couple of minutes and it finally gave in and reset.