Re: Severe electrical event
The problem with the surge protectors is that they have to encounter a certain level of surge before they will trip out. Sometimes that will be enough to fry the components. I would be willing to bet that with both PCs it is atleast the power supplys on them that are fried. They are easy to replace and relatively inexpensive.
For true surge protection, you should be multi level. Have a surge protector on the electrical panel in your house, then use them at sources to cover everything. Sorry to hear about the lose of equipment, the house I grew up in was hit with lightning several times so we had to really step up the power protection
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